We want to make sure that people renting privately in Islington understand their legal rights and know what to look out for. The government’s publication How to rent is a useful guide on when finding a home to rent.
Don't forget to factor in what all your costs will be - for example, a deposit, regular rent payments and any letting agent fees. Remember to check the property and the area thoroughly before agreeing to anything.
You can check the Mayor of London’s London rent map to find out what you can rent for your budget. The website explains how to search the map.
Protection for tenants
By law, all landlords (who own a rented property) have to make sure their properties meet certain standards. The council can help to make sure landlords keep their properties to an acceptable standard.
Many landlords are accredited under the London Landlord Accreditation scheme, which isn't a guarantee but may be an indication of a commitment to good practices.
There are also laws which cover estate agents who deal with rental properties – which include protecting deposits and being clear and transparent about their fees. They also have to be a part of a redress scheme. This means that tenants can go to an independent organisation to look into any complaint a tenant may have about an agent.
When searching for a property, look out for lettings agents that are part of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA), National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS), or the Mayor of London’s London Rental Standard. They all comply with industry codes of practice including protecting your money and insurance issues.
How to rent
GOV.UK guide to renting
Deposit protection schemes
You have a legal right to have your deposit protected. Find out more about schemes which protect your deposit at gov.uk
Types of tenancy
Shelter has information on different types of tenancy and a checker so you can find out which one you have.
Some types of shared housing require the landlord to get a licence to protect tenants from poor conditions