A basic Private Rented Sector definition is: a property owned by a landlord and leased to a tenant. As a tenant you would either deal directly with an individual landlord, or alternatively with a management company or estate agency caring for the property on behalf of the landlord.
Your rights and responsibilities
You have certain rights and responsibilities if you’re a tenant in privately rented property.
As a tenant, you have the right to:
live in a property that’s safe and in a good state of repair
have your deposit returned when the tenancy ends - and in some circumstances have it protected
have a written agreement if you have a fixed-term tenancy of more than 3 years
You must give your landlord access to the property to inspect it or carry out repairs. Your landlord has to give you at least 24 hours’ notice and visit at a reasonable time of day, unless it’s an emergency and they need immediate access.
You must also:
take good care of the property, for example turn off the water at the mains if you’re away in cold weather
pay the agreed rent, even if repairs are needed or you’re in dispute with your landlord
pay other charges as agreed with the landlord, for example Council Tax or utility bills
repair or pay for any damage caused by you, your family or friends
only sublet a property if the tenancy agreement or your landlord allows it
Leeds City Council can support you if you have landlord problems, they can help get repairs made and ensure your home is safe. They also provide free advice about evictions and harassment. For more information visit Help for Private Tenants
Your student union is the best place to find advice about renting as a student.