Private Rental

Many of our students rent privately and we understand that sometimes they can experience difficulties perhaps with fellow flatmates or landlords not maintaining the property or carrying out repairs.

Private Tenants Rights are your legal entitlements enshrined in law which you can view at Housing Advice.

Your Rights at a Glance

  • Private landlords are required to provide you with a rent book and their details, in the event there is a letting agent they must disclose the landlord’s full name and home or business address.
  • Unless in the case of an emergency your landlord cannot enter the property without advance agreement with the tenant. It is not simply enough to give notice, they need you to confirm you are content for them to enter.
  • Your tenancy can only be ended if you have breached your contract or you have been sent the appropriate notice to quit (this would be contained within the tenancy agreement or contract) for example when your one-year lease is up. This is usually 28 days if you have lived there less than 5 years.

If you believe there has been a breach then talk to us for free and fully confidential advice.


Looking for somewhere to live? Please click here for a comprehensive guide and here for a number of checklist.

Living in the private rental sector? Please click here to learn more about your rights.

Leaving your property? Please click here to learn more about getting your deposit back or for help if you are facing eviction.


Thinking about renting? You can review properties, landlords and neighbourhoods at

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