When you rent a home, you are called a ‘tenant’.
To rent a home, you will normally need to sign a ‘tenancy agreement’. This is a contract agreed between you and the landlord.
It gives you the right to live in the home if you:
- pay the rent
- look after the home
- keep to any other rules in the tenancy agreement
This applies to all councils, housing associations and private tenancies.
You must always read the terms of the tenancy and look at:
- When the tenancy will start
- Whether you have a tenancy or a licence (a tenancy gives more security)
- How you can end the tenancy
- What things would be considered breaking the rules of the tenancy?
- What things might lead to eviction or being told to leave the accommodation
- What type of accommodation is covered?
- When the rent should be paid
- Tenants’ responsibilities in relation to things such as noise, pets, looking after your home
- Who will/can do repairs and decoration?