When you enter an assured shorthold tenancy – the most common type – you are entering into a contractual arrangement.
This gives you some important rights but also some responsibilities.
This guide produced by the Department for Communities & Local Government will help you to understand what questions to ask, what your rights are, and what responsibilities you have. This will help you create a positive relationship with your landlord, but will also tell you how to get help if things go wrong.
You'll also find useful advice about living in private sector accommodation, possibly for the first time, produced by the Students' Union and University in the menus you can find to the left!