For people who cannot afford to buy their own home, and don’t qualify for social housing, the only option is to rent in the private sector.

There’s a shortage of affordable private rented housing across South Lakes, partly due to the number of holiday homes, but where private renting is available it can often feel daunting for both tenant and landlord.

The government has published 'How to rent - The checklist for renting in England'. The checklist is designed for future and existing assured shorthold tenants in the private rented sector, and gives a useful summary of rights and responsibilities, with helpful suggestions on questions to ask.

It includes links to other websites for more detailed information.

The checklist is available on the GOV.UK website at

Free, confidential advice and help is available from South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau on any aspect of debt, consumer problems, benefits, housing, employment and any other problems.

We have various outlets across South Lakeland and can also give advice over the phone – telephone 015394 46464 for an appointment and help.

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