how to rent guide

How to rent guide! First-time renters? Welcome! This guide equips you with everything you need to know about finding your first rental haven.

From: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Last updated 2 October 2023. See all Updates below

  • 2023 – 2 October

         Get the legal edge on your rental journey! The updated How to Rent guide now equips you with invaluable             resources for free legal aid, advice, and support, regardless of your financial situation. No need to navigate               the intricacies alone – seek expert guidance with confidence. 

  • 2023 – 24 March

          Updated How to rent: the checklist for renting in England.

  • 2021 – 21 July

          Added How to rent: easy read

  • 2020 – 10 December

          Updated the How to Rent guidance.

  • 2019 – 7 August

          3 June 2019: Corrected to reflect the rebranding of National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) to                            Safeagent, and to update links to the GOV.UK client money protection scheme webpage. 29 July 2019: The           ‘Before you start’ section was updated to clarify Shelter’s advisory role. The sentence ‘If you don’t have a                guarantor, you can ask Shelter for help’ was amended to ‘If you don’t have a guarantor, you can ask Shelter            for advice’.

  • 2019 – 31 May

         Guide updated following the Tenant Fees Act 2019.

  • 2018 – 9 July

         On 6 July 2018 the title of the guide was amended to ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’.

  • 2018 – 26 June

          Added updated guide.

  • 2018 – 17 January

          Removed reference to the ‘London Rental Standard’ in the renting ‘Direct from the landlord’ section.

  • 2016 – 1 February

          Updated the How to Rent guide.

  • 1 October 2015

          Updated with the latest edition of this guide

  • 2014 – 25 September

          Added updated guide.

  • 2014 – 11 June

          Added information about Acrobat Reader download

  • 2014 – 10 June

          First published.

Applies in England


How to rent: the checklist for renting in England

How to rent: the checklist for renting in England


A guide for tenants and landlords. Whether you’re a tenant seeking your haven or a landlord building your portfolio, this guide equips you with the knowledge to conquer each stage of the private rented sector journey. Including:

  • What to look out for before renting
  • Living in rented home
  • what happens at the last of a tenancy
  • What to do if something going wrong

This Guide reflects all modifications as of its latest update

To better serve tenants with learning disabilities, we’re giving the easy read guide a makeover! This update complements the “How to Rent” checklist and offers extra support when navigating the world of renting in England.

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