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Advice to tenants renting a house or flat

The Government has published useful advice to tenants about renting a property. It includes the following matters:

  • It explains what an assured shorthold tenancy is
  • It explains the rules that landlords must follow about deposits
  • It states that most fees in connection with a tenancy are now banned
  • When you have found a place, it provides guidance on the things you should check
  • It sets out the documents that your landlord should give you at the start of the tenancy
  • Rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants during the tenancy
  • What to do at the end of your fixed period
  • What you can do if things go wrong
  • Further sources of information

There is additional guidance on safety checks you should make when you are in your property.