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Your rights when renting

Your rights when rentingRenting a home can be a scary step. Find out about the rights that protect you.

Rent increases

There are limits to how and when your landlord can put your rent up. There might be details of this in your tenancy agreement: if so, your landlord must stick to what the agreement says.

If you're on a fixed-term tenancy, your rent can't go up until the term ends unless you agree. On a rolling tenancy, your landlord can't increase your rent more often than once a year. Your landlord has to give you a month's notice before your rent goes up.

When your rent does go up, it has to be fair compared to average rents in the area. If it's not, you can appeal to an independent Rent Assessment Committee, who have the power to change it.

Repairs

Your landlord is responsible for repairing:

  • The structure of the property
  • Sinks and bathroom fittings
  • Pipes
  • Wiring
  • Central heating
  • The gas system

They also have to repair any damage that's caused when making these repairs.

It's also your landlord's responsibility to make sure that any gas or electrical appliances supplied with the property are safe. If you're worried that your house or flat isn't safe and your landlord won't do anything about it, you can contact your local council for help.

Visits from your landlord

Although your landlord owns the property, once they rent it out they don't have the right to enter it whenever they want. They have to have your permission unless there is a good reason for them to enter, such as a repair they need to carry out, in which case they must give you at least 24 hours' notice. In an emergency, your landlord can enter without giving you notice.

Deposits

Your landlord has to put your deposit into a deposit protection scheme, which helps to make sure that it won't be withheld from you unfairly. Find out more about deposits.

Being asked to leave

If your landlord wants you to leave, they have to follow certain rules.

If you're on a fixed-term tenancy, you can only be evicted if the landlord has a good reason, such as:

  • You haven't paid rent
  • You are using the property to do something illegal
  • The landlord wants to move back in

Even then, you have to be given notice, although how much depends on the reason.

After the fixed term, or if you're on a rolling tenancy, your landlord doesn't need a reason to evict you, but you still have to be given notice. If you don't leave at the end of the notice period, your landlord can get a court order asking you to go. If you still don't leave, they can ask a court to arrange for bailiffs to evict you.