Private rented tenancies

Tenancies with private landlords are usually assured short hold tenancies and will last for a minimum period of six months.

However, if the landlord is living at the property with you or you share the property with other people you may only have a license agreement.

The landlord should provide you with a copy of the written agreement outlining yours and the Landlord's responsibilities.


Private landlords have legal responsibilities with regards to how the property is maintained - for example they must arrange a gas safety check every 12 months and they must maintain the structure of the property.

It is the Tenant's responsibility to pay their rent on time and take reasonable care of the property.

There are also legal rules regarding how the agreement can be ended.

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