Private rented housing is a vital and growing part of the housing market, made up of 4.5 million homes in England alone. Unsurprisingly, people renting private rather than social accommodation, move around the most, staying in their current home for 4 plus years, compared with 11 years for tenants renting from the social housing market.
The private rented sector offers all sorts of tenancies, – short term and long term meeting a wide range of housing needs. Here’s some of the most popular sites advertising properties for rental together with a good simple government site, Directgov explaining all sorts of legal ins and outs associated with renting, well worth a look before you start.
LEGAL INFO/YOUR RIGHTS
Official legal information, your rights and responsibilities, everything you need to know. The government’s digital service providing all sorts of completely free official information on services and rights and so a really useful source of information with impartial advice on tenancies & rights.
Includes information on your rights and responsibilities, document checks, your landlord’s safety responsibilities, repairs, rent increases, rent disputes, rent arrears, housing benefit & so called’ bedroom tax’, deposits, complaints and more. (There is no need to pay other sites for this freely available information)
There’s no shortage of online and high street rental agents, here are some of the most common national rental agencies
Free classified ‘wanted’ rental ads covering 60 cities across 6 countries
Listing more than 300,000 properties to rent, all types of property types and styles from studio apartments for single tenants to detached homes right across the UK.
One of the largest dedicated lettings site advertising flats and houses to rent.
OTHER USEFUL ORGANISATIONS
England: 03444 111 444
Wales: 03444 77 20 20 Text relay users: 03444 111 445
Scotland: 03454 040506
Northern Ireland: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/nireland/www.citizensadvice.org.uk Information and advice on a wide range of issues including benefits and tax credits and housing
Shelter England 0808 800 4444 http://england.shelter.org.uk
Shelter Scotland https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/
Shelter Wales https://sheltercymru.org.uk/
Shelter Northern Ireland 02890 247752 http://www.shelterni.org/
Provides information and advice on a range of housing issues and a signposting service for further help and advice