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You will usually be a tenant if:
You are probably a tenant if you have a room in a house that you share with people, other than your landlord. If you are paying your rent to another tenant, that tenant is seen as your landlord and you are probably a subtenant.
Licensees usually have fewer rights than tenants. For example, your landlord doesn't need to get a court order before evicting you. It can be difficult to work out if you are a licensee or a tenant. You may be a licensee if:
The laws about different types of tenancy are very complicated. Contact an advice agency if you are still unsure about what type of tenancy you have, or have been offered. You may have more rights than you think.
You pay the rent you agreed with your landlord when you moved in. If you don't pay the rent your landlord can evict you.
If you signed an agreement when you moved in, your landlord can't increase your rent until the end of this agreement. If you didn't your landlord can increase the rent at any time. You don't have the right to a rent book.
The law says your landlord must keep the structure and exterior of the property in good repair. This includes:
Your landlord must keep the equipment for the supply of gas, electricity, heating, water and sanitation in good repair. Your landlord may have extra responsibilities to repair depending on what you agreed when you moved in.
You are responsible for minor repairs to the internal decorations. This might include unblocking a sink or changing a fuse when necessary. You may also have other responsibilities depending on what you agreed when you moved in.
Your landlord must have valid gas safety record checks for all gas appliances in the property. Only a gas engineer on the Gas Safe Register can issue a gas safety record. Any furniture provided should be fire resistant.
If your accommodation needs repairs tell your landlord immediately. If the repairs are your landlord's responsibility, there may be ways you can force your landlord to carry out the work, but you should be aware that as a licensee you have very few rights to remain in a property if the landlord wants you out.
Your landlord doesn't need to give you 28 days' notice to quit or get a court order to evict you. Your landlord usually only has to give you reasonable time to leave the property. This can be as little as a couple of hours or as long as a few weeks depending on your circumstances.
Check your agreement with your landlord if you have one. Your landlord will have to give you the amount of notice stated in this agreement. If there is no time limit mentioned then you are only entitled to a reasonable time to leave the property.
Get advice from Housing Rights Service or another advice agency if your landlord is trying to evict you immediately. If you are a tenant, not a licensee, your landlord is carrying out an illegal eviction. This is a criminal offence.