If you’re thinking about renting a home privately, you might be interested in first looking at some new measures that have been introduced to help tenants.
The government has produced a new model tenancy agreement. It is for assured shorthold tenancies, which are very common in private rented accommodation. It may be of particular use if you’d like to negotiate a longer tenancy of two years or more with a private landlord.
Landlords can choose whether or not to use the model agreement, but it is available at no cost and it comes with accompanying guidance. Both are available on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk.
A new code of practice has also been produced for landlords and agents in the private rented sector. It sets out their legal requirements.
It’s a voluntary code but a number of organisations support it. This means that if a landlord or an agent is a member of any of the organisations which have signed up to the code, they agree to follow it. This could help improve the service that tenants receive.
To find out which organisations support the code and to look at the code itself, go to the website of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors at www.rics.org.