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4 Renting and Letting

1. Introduction

If you rent a flat, house or bedsit (whether it’s from a private landlord the local council or a housing association), this leaflet explains how to deal with any problems you may have and your legal rights. If you are a landlord, it explains your rights and duties to your tenants. The leaflet is divided up into sections, depending on the type of landlord:

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There is information on:

2. Private tenancies

3. Council tenancies

4. Housing association tenancies

5. Other issues

6. Neighbour disputes

7. Further Help

8. About this leaflet



Within the tenancy sections, there is information on:

  • ending the tenancy and eviction;
  • rent and rent increases;
  • responsibility for repairs; and
  • tenants’ right to buy (for council and housing association tenants)

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, you may from time to time have problems or disagreements about the property or the rent. This leaflet explains legal rights and responsibilities for both tenants and for private landlords.

The law for tenants and landlords is complicated, and your rights will depend on the type of tenancy agreement there is.

This leaflet is divided into sections, according to different types of landlord:

  • If you are a private tenant or a landlord, see ‘Private tenancies’,
  • If you are a council tenant, and
  • If you are a housing association tenant (or you rent from a trust or co-operative).

The leaflets in this series give you an outline of your legal rights, but they are not a complete guide to the law. If you have a problem, you will need to get more information or personal advice to work out the best way to solve it. See ‘Further help’ for sources of advice.





This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Shelter.

Leaflet version: October 2017




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Last updated on 30 November 2017

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