How to rent in the UK and your legal rights as a tenant
If you decide to rent a home during your stay in Oxford, you will be asked early on by a letting agent whether you would like your property to be fully furnished (ie, with all the furniture and appliances), semi-furnished or unfurnished. Unfurnished properties will typically be cheaper than their furnished equivalents, but you will need to source your own furniture. Once you have decided on the property, you will enter into a tenancy agreement with the landlord (either directly or through a letting agent), which will set out the terms of the rental and other mutual rights and obligations between you and your landlord, including an initial deposit.
Landlords are required by UK law to check your right to rent before the tenancy begins. This will depend on your visa status and may be time-limited. You will be asked to provide appropriate documents to prove your right to rent for the whole of the tenancy period.
Depending on your circumstances and the terms of your employment with the University, you may opt for a short- or long-term rental.
- A short-term rental (or ‘short let’) is a property that is paid on a weekly or monthly basis for no longer than three months
- A long-term rental (or ‘long let’) is a property that is rented out for more than three months and up to a year (renewable on a yearly basis, potentially with an additional administration fee)
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