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Housing services unavailable from Friday 15 December – Monday 18 December

Housing Services will not be available on Friday 15 December from 3pm. During this time, a telephone service is available for emergencies. Please call our main switchboard on 020 7527 2000. 

The service will resume as usual on Monday 18 December at 9am.

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Private rented accommodation

Around 26% of all housing in Islington is privately rented – around 27,000 households. Islington is a popular place to rent so there is very high demand for rented properties.

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.

We have a draft charter to stand up for and protect private renters in the borough. Find out more and tell us what you think of this charter, the deadline for submitting comments is 26 March 2023.

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:

 They comply with industry codes of practice including protecting your money and insurance issues.