How to rent a safe home

This guide is to help current and prospective tenants ensure that a rented property is safe to live in.

Applies to England



This guide is for social and private rented sector tenants and explains the main hazards which may make a property unsafe to live in.

It explains tenants’ and landlords’ obligations and how to raise concerns.

Please be aware that some advice in this guide may be affected by the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for renting.

Please refer to guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities reflecting the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 26 June 2018
Last updated 10 December 2020 + show all updates
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