If you are looking for somewhere to live, you should consider private rented accommodation. It could be a practical and flexible solution to your housing problems.
Private rented accommodation can include:
Your landlord will be a private individual or company and you will have either a tenancy or licence agreement. They tend to offer properties on six monthly tenancies initially, which can be renewed if they are happy with the way you have managed your tenancy.
The advantages of renting from a private landlord include:
There are a number of ways you can search for privately rented properties:
Letting friends and family know you are looking through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. You should say what size property you need and how much rent you can afford.
Once you have found a property to rent, you will usually be asked to pay a deposit (up to a maximum of five weeks rent) and rent in advance. Agents must not charge fees on new or renewed tenancy agreements.
The terms of the tenancy
Before moving into private rented accommodation you should make sure that you understand the terms of the tenancy. Your agreement should set out the following:
Many landlords use standard tenancy agreements where these terms are already set out.
If you are not clear about the information in your agreement, ask your landlord or letting agent to confirm.
If you need some advice about privately renting email the Private Rent team
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