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.
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.
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.
It is vital to check your landlord’s accreditation and know who you are renting from.