This booklet sets out the law as it now affects regulated tenancies. It explains the main points of law, especially on rent and security of tenure, for both landlords and tenants.
Most lettings by private landlords which began before 15 January 1989 are regulated tenancies under the Rent Acts (see page 6), unless the landlord and tenant live in the same house.
Part I of the Housing Act 1988 came into force on 15 January 1989, and it made important changes to the system of private renting. From that date most new lettings will be assured or assured shorthold tenancies (see page 8), and it will only be possible to have new regulated tenancies in very limited circumstances.