What are your legal rights as a tenant?

There has been plenty of publicity in recent times about how difficult it is to get on the property ladder. For many of us this means that renting is a reality – now and for the foreseeable future. The UK rentals market is not the easiest to navigate. Rent prices are high, landlords are not that accountable and there isn’t that much security for tenants. However, you do still have rights as a tenant in the UK. Making yourself aware of both your rights and the risks of renting can ensure you have a better overall experience. What are the main risks of being a tenant? Being evicted you are protected from unlawful eviction in the UK (see below). However, you must be a tenant to benefit from this. If you are a subtenant or a lodger this won’t apply to you. The best way to make sure that you have as much protection as you can is to sign a tenancy agreement. Most standard tenancies are called Assured Shorthold Tenancies. If your landlord doesn’t have a tenancy agreement you can down
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