Tips for Tenants

As a tenant of a private rental property it’s important to be aware of both your rights and responsibilities. Knowledge of key areas in relation to renting will help you to ensure you get the most from your tenancy and you’re equipped for dealing with any challenges that may arise.

Below you can find a number of useful advice, support and information pages that cover what you need to know as a tenant in a private rented property.

This includes a downloadable home viewing checklist along with guidance on topics such as deposits, tenancy types and wear and tear.

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tick Moving Checklist

Moving doesn't have to be stressful. We’re here to help you every step of the way, with our handy moving checklist. You can even download and print the checklist.


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Ten questions to ask when viewing a rental property

info Ten questions to ask when viewing a rental property

By asking enough quality questions, you should come away from a property viewing with lots of useful information and less chance of surprises after you’ve moved into your new home. 

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info Tips for being referenced

We know how exciting (and stressful) it can be when waiting to find out if you can rent a property. We’ve put together a few top tips to shed light on the tenant referencing process and how you could help speed things up.

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house What are my rights as a tenant?

As a tenant moving into a private rented property, you have a number of rights and responsibilities. You can usually find these in your tenancy agreement, but we've also outlined the basics below.

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protection Do tenants need contents insurance?

To give you peace of mind, contents insurance ensures that should the worst come to the worst and your personal possessions are damaged or stolen, you’ll be covered.

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Tenant Tips What do tenants need to know about deposits

gbp What do tenants need to know about deposits? A guide to tenancy deposits.

Deposits are an integral part of the tenancy process, it’s therefore crucial that renters are up to speed with their rights and how the system works. 

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tip icon Becoming a tenant for the first time

Finding and moving into your first rental property can be an exciting but also daunting experience. Keep reading for useful insights on finding the ideal home, your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and as well as moving in tips. 

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tick Mould in my rented home - who's responsible? Tenant or Landlord?

Mould in your rental home could be caused by a number of factors.  What is important is that you sort it and fast. But whose responsibility is it, landlord or tenant?


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Energy Switching Guide

gbp Tenants Guide to Switching Utilities Supplier

Often Tenants aren't aware that they are entitled to choose their own energy supplier and could be paying more than they have to.  Read our guide to see if you could switch your energy supplier and potentially save yourself hundreds of pounds each year.

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Housing Act Tenants

tick What is the Housing Act and why is it important to Tenants?

What is the Housing Act, and what does it mean to me, as a Tenant?  Head of Legal, Will Eastman explains why it's important to anyone renting a property.

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tick End of Tenancy, How Clean is Clean?

When you moved in, you will have probably signed a tenancy agreement to return the property in the condition you received it,  but how clean is clean? 

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tip icon What is tenants contents insurance?

Contents insurance is there to protect you against the cost of your possessions being damaged or stolen, however not everyone has a suitable policy. In this guide, we'll talk all about what's what.

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info What to look out for in a tenancy agreement

As a tenant, you should be paying extra attention to your tenancy agreement. Acting as a binding contract between you and your landlord, it sets out the legal terms and conditions of your tenancy.

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tip icon Making the switch from student halls to a private rented property

Moving from halls to a private rented property ready for year two of uni? We're here to help you make the switch.

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tick Renting Rules for Landlords and Tenants

View our Renting Rules eBook for top tips for both landlords and tenants. You’ll also find views from bloggers who wanted to share their own personal stories of being tenants.

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Tenancy types

tip icon Tenancy types: A breakdown

When renting a property, it's crucial to understand your rights as a tenant. These rights are determined by the type of tenancy or license you have, which you can learn more about in this post.

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info The Tenant Check Out Process - A Guide to Everything You Need to Know

To maximise your chances of getting your deposit back in full, here is everything you need to know about the checkout process.

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Tenants tips for students moving home

house Guide to surviving Uni Life - Part 1

Being a student is an exciting time but moving can be stressful, as there can be a lot to remember and arrange. Plan ahead and use our guide to make sure you cover the key things for the big move. 

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people Guide to surviving Uni Life - Part 2

Student life is one of the most exciting times, but managing your money may be difficult. Our useful guide provides helpful hints and tips on how to manage your money whilst at Uni. 

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gbp Guide to surviving Uni Life - Part 3

New place, new area! Although it is a very exciting time, it is important to keep yourself and your possessions safe. Check out, our keeping safe guide for students which has three simple tips to follow.

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tip icon Moving and settling into your new rental home

Moving to a new rental property can feel like a big upheaval. These top tips can help make the move run smoothly.

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Monthly budgeting practices

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Before you move into a rented home, it’s essential you calculate whether you can afford it or not. Here's how you can budget to move and always make sure you have enough money to pay the rent.

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house What is a 'reasonable' repair request?

When it comes to repairs, what are the responsibilities of you and your landlord? We've taken a look at reasonable repair requests and what’s required of landlords and tenants.

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Neighbour disputes tips

tip icon Neighbour disputes: How should I handle them?

As a tenant, you want to have a good relationship with your neighbours, not only for friendship but for the security of your home. However, if you do happen to have a disagreement, how should you handle it?

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contract Responsibility of Tenants of Furnished Accommodation

Whether you’re just about to sign up for your first house share or you’ve been in your rental for a while, it’s important to be aware of what you’re responsible for while you’re living there. 

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New Tenants

tip icon Is my landlord responsible if my contents get damaged?

Hopefully it won't ever happen, but as a tenant if your contents are stolen or damaged by flood, fire or other incident in your rented home, who's responsible?  You or your landlord?

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tip icon Top tips for regaining your security deposit in full

Moving house is expensive, and you don't need any more costs! We share our top tips to help you avoid deposit deductions.

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heart Natural Cleaning ideas for an eco-friendly rental home

We all want to do our bit to help the environment and home is a great place to start.  Here we share tips on how to keep your rental home spotless and with eco-friendly natural cleaning products.

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tick Baby Proofing Your Rented Home

We share our top tips on what are the best measures to keep your child safe in your rented home and also keep your landlord happy.

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house What is fair wear and tear for tenants?

When moving out of your rental home, everyday life can produce some 'wear and tear' on your landlord's property.  We discuss what is considered 'fair wear and tear' and what is damage you could be liable for.

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