Private Sector Tenants

Renting a safe home

If you are looking to rent a new home, then the GOV.UK website has some useful information.

As a tenant, you have certain obligations including -

Not leaving your property empty

This doesn’t mean that you can’t go away on holiday, but you should not leave your property empty for long periods of time. It is usually stated in your tenancy agreement how many days you can leave your property empty before you must inform your landlord.

Paying your rent on time

Rent is usually paid in advance on a monthly or weekly basis. It should clearly state in your tenancy agreement how much rent you must pay and when your rent is due. If you do not pay your rent on time, your landlord may be able to evict you.

Paying the bills

Most tenants have to pay the bills for -

  • electricity
  • gas
  • water
  • council tax
  • TV licence
  • telephone

If you don't pay them, the services could be cut off.