Advice for tenants
Updated: 18 May 2013
You have certain rights and responsibilities when you rent from a private landlord. If you want information about getting help with paying your rent, go to the Local Housing Allowance section.
Why rent privately?
There are a number of reasons why you may wish to consider private renting. A few of the main ones are listed below:
The private rented sector is expanding, so there is a wide range of properties available in different areas.
Accommodation is often immediately available and you can usually move in quite quickly.
In the short term, private renting can be cheaper than buying your own house and most properties are already furnished so you don’t have the added cost of buying furniture, gas and electrical appliances.
It is possible to start and end a tenancy reasonably quickly which allows you to move around areas should you need to.
Lack of social housing:
The number of houses to rent from the Housing Executive or a housing association is limited.
Rights and responsibilities
If you already rent your home from a private landlord or if you are considering private renting, it is important to know what your rights and responsibilities are in relation to your accommodation and where you can get advice if difficulties or problems arise.
Renting a house or flat creates a legal relationship between you and the landlord. This means that you both have a number of rights and certain responsibilities. As a tenant this includes paying the rent on time, not damaging furniture or causing a nuisance.
For landlords it includes carrying out repairs for which they are responsible in a reasonable time and allowing the tenant privacy and peaceful enjoyment of the property. These are just a few examples, there are many more rights and responsibilities placed on both the landlord and tenant.
This section of the website is meant to help private tenants become more aware of what is involved in renting accommodation, and to avoid some of the problems associated with sustaining a tenancy. It provides general guidance, identifies sources of assistance, and aims to encourage private tenants to work with landlords to maintain a healthy, well – managed private rented sector.
The information in this section has been prepared for guidance only and is not to be taken as an authoritative document on law.
Whilst we have made every effort to ensure that all information contained in this publication is correct, it is stressed that it is incumbent upon any person entering into a private letting agreement to satisfy themselves on the suitability and safety of the premises. We can accept no liability in this respect whatsoever.
The following downloads will be useful for anyone looking for private rented accommodation
- A brief guide to renting a home in the private sector ( 421 KB)
- Renting a home in the private sector ( 707 KB)
- Tenancy checklist ( 30 KB)
- Rent book ( 89 KB)
- Statement of tenancy terms ( 54 KB)
- Inventory of furnishings ( 54 KB)
If you want to see the latest Local Housing Allowance rates for your district, check our LHA rates page.
- The Housing Rights Service also has information on renting privately