Flatmates Guide

Tenants looking to rent a room or property can find useful information on a range of topics here, including tenancy deposits, tenant’s rights and responsibilities and tips on how to look more appealing to landlords.

Security Deposits

When you first sign a tenancy agreement it is standard practice to pay a security deposit. A security deposit is a one off payment which is usually (but not always) equivalent to one month’s rent. The security deposit is kept by the landlord until your tenancy agreement ends.

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Tenancy Agreements

A tenancy agreement is a contract between a landlord and a tenant which stipulates the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. The agreement details the rights and responsibilities that the landlord and tenant have to each other, and the responsibilities they have to the property.

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Tenants Insurance

As a tenant you are responsible for arranging your own contents insurance. Buildings insurance is the responsibility of the landlord, but anything that you own inside the property is your own responsibility to insure. A standard contents insurance policy will not usually cover those who are renting.

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Advertising Tips

Landlords with the help of RoomBuddies are being more proactive in finding people to rent their spare rooms. Landlords will review new rooms wanted adverts listed on our site on a regular basis, so what can you do to make sure that your room wanted advert stands out from the crowd.

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The information provided here is accurate at the time of publication. Should you have any questions or need further clarification on flat or house sharing, then please contact a legal representative such as the Citizens Advice Bureau.