Introduction

Renting a residential property is much easier and safer since the Housing Act 1988 and the implementation of the 1996 amendments.

Although it may be easier, renting a property is still a big commitment. With various rules and regulations in place, it is important to have some guidelines and general advice on how to manage your tenancy successfully.

Check your landlord before signing a tenancy agreement – if your landlord or letting agent is an NLA or UKALA member, you can be certain they follow our professional Code of Practice and will manage your rental agreement professionally.

Guide to Renting

The NLA seeks to promote good relations between landlords, agents and tenants by ensuring a good standard of service to you as a tenant.

You can be part of this process by doing the following:

  • Check your landlord – make sure your landlord is accredited with the NLA or is a UKALA member
  • Know your rights and your responsibilities as a tenant

Because it is in our interest to provide tenants and landlords alike with the relevant resources for a good tenant-landlord relationship, we have created a handy guide to cover all the main components of your tenancy.

View our guide

The National Register of Accredited Landlords

Our National Register of Accredited Landlords will help you check your landlord, and tell you whether they have completed the necessary development required to become accredited with either the NLA or one of the other approved accreditation schemes.

Click here to check

To find out more about NLA Accreditation and it's requirements click here

Landlords: for information about registering an accreditation click here

Find My Local Agent

UKALA letting agents are recommended by the National Landlords Association.

Choosing UKALA as your letting agent gives you the assurance that:

  • All members abide by a strict professional Code of Practice
  • Both you and your landlord will be protected through the Client Money Protection Scheme
  • You have access to independent redress

Search for a UKALA Agent

Is Your Landlord a Member?

All NLA FULL members are issued with a membership ID card.

Check your landlord’s NLA status before signing with them. If your landlord claims to be a FULL member of the National Landlords Association - but cannot present their membership card - you can still verify membership by asking for their name and membership number.

If they cannot give this to you, they are NOT a full member Similarly, Non-member NLA Landlord Associates can also be verified using the same procedure, click here to learn about NLA Landlord Associates.

It is vital to check your landlord’s accreditation and know who you are renting from. The article below verifies just how important it is to ensure your landlord is who they say are.

Warning: Read the 2014 Gumtree scam.
 

Check your landlord