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Looking to rent a house or flat? Read our guide highlighting the dos and don'ts of property rental and help ensure your tenancy is trouble-free.


First steps

If you’re looking to rent a home, you need to consider what type of property is most suitable for your needs. You also need to consider the length of lease that will be most appropriate for you and therefore type of tenancy agreement that is most appropriate. It is always best to consult your solicitor for guidance before entering into any legally binding tenancy agreement.

For example, for your protection, houses or flats occupied by three or more unrelated persons are called houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s) and HMO landlords must have a licence from the local council. This ensures that the property is managed properly and meets certain safety standards.


  • Is a flat or house more suitable?
  • Which is the most appropriate area?
  • What are the local facilities, including schools (if appropriate)?
  • What is your budget, and do you have your deposit?
  • Seeking advice from your solicitor before committing to anything

Ending a tenancy — Do's

  • Know and understand the terms of your tenancy at the outset
  • Provide your landlord with the relevant amount of notice, in writing
  • Be aware that your landlord can end your tenancy - check your tenancy agreement
  • Be aware of the inventory and what must remain in the property

Ending a tenancy — Don'ts

  • Expect to have your deposit returned in full if there is damage or undue wear and tear that has been caused