How to rent

This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent.


How to rent: the checklist for renting in England

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This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process, including:

  • what to look out for before renting
  • living in a rented home
  • what happens at the end of a tenancy
  • what to do if things go wrong
Published 10 June 2014
Last updated 31 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Guide updated following the Tenant Fees Act 2019.
  2. On 6 July 2018 the title of the guide was amended to 'How to rent: the checklist for renting in England'.
  3. Added updated guide.
  4. Removed reference to the 'London Rental Standard' in the renting 'Direct from the landlord' section.
  5. Updated the How to Rent guide.
  6. Updated with the latest edition of this guide
  7. Added updated guide.
  8. Added information about Acrobat Reader download
  9. First published.