How to rent – the checklist for renting in England

When you enter an assured shorthold tenancy – the most common type – you are entering into a contractual arrangement. This gives you some important rights but also some responsibilities. This guide will help you to understand what questions to ask, what your rights are, and what responsibilities you have. This will help you create a positive relationship with your landlord, but we also tell you how to get help if things go wrong. When you rent a home, people sometimes expect you to make a quick decision, or to sign documents before you’ve had time to think about them.

Your landlord must provide you with a copy of this booklet, so use the checklist and keep it safe to protect yourself from problems at every stage.

Download the How to Rent Guide from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for more information.