Always check what type of tenancy you will have before you move in and ask to see the tenancy agreement.
A tenancy agreement will state the rights and responsibilities that you and your landlord have during the tenancy. You should check it carefully before you sign it, and get advice if you are unsure about anything it says.
Private tenants usually have fewer rights than people who rent from councils or housing associations, but all tenants have certain basic rights under the law. Your landlord can’t take away these basic rights, regardless of what your tenancy agreement says. Even if the landlord doesn’t give you a written tenancy agreement, you still have legal rights.
Most new private tenancies are assured shorthold tenancies but there are other types of private tenancy. If you’re not sure what type of tenancy you have look at our pages on private tenancies.
If you are under 25, take a look at our Setting up your first home advice page, specifically put together for young people.