The bottom line for renting a place of your own is simple. Get an agreement in writing with your landlord so there is no doubt as to what has been agreed to. Keep receipts of payments. Know your rights and obligations as a tenant.

If you’re looking to rent, or have a property to rent out, there can be a lot to organise and remember. 

If you are a landlord you need to make sure you are complying with your legal obligations.

Landlords should ask potential tenants to complete a pre-tenancy application form. This forms sets out important information that helps landlords decide who the tenancy is right for. 

It’s very important for both landlords and tenants to keep all records about the tenancy. These can help you clear up any issues, either during or at the end of the tenancy. 

Property inspections are important. Tenants and landlords should check the condition of the property together at the start of the tenancy, to avoid problems later. 

Landlords and tenants both need insurance. 

You want tenants who’ll care for your property and fulfil all their obligations. Before you sign a tenancy agreement, you can do several things to gather information on potential tenants. 

Finding the right place to rent takes time and thought. House or apartment? Alone or with others? Cheap or expensive? It’s not always easy to find a place that meets your needs. Here are some pointers on where to start.