Renting a home in the private sector

Oxford has a very large number of private rented properties. Adverts are placed in the local papers and there are a number of property or lettings agents in the city.

Agents or landlords may charge a refundable holding deposit (maximum one week's rent), and you normally have to pay a refundable deposit (maximum five weeks' rent) before moving in. Most landlords let properties for 6 or 12 months at a time.

If you are under threat of homelessness we may be able to offer assistance to help you retain your home or secure other accommodation.

Some useful websites can be found below:

If you want to know more about your rights and responsiblities as a tenant, or where you can turn for help, please visit the How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England section on the GOV.UK website.

  • How to rent – a guide for current and prospective tenants
  • How to rent a safe home – a guide for current and prospective tenants
  • How to let – a guide for current and prospective private residential landlords
  • How to lease – a guide for current and prospective leaseholders

Accredited Landlords 

View our List of accredited landlords.

Redress Scheme 

It is a legal requirement for all letting agents and property managers in England to belong to 1 of 2 Government approved redress schemes.

The two schemes are:

The requirement to belong to a redress scheme will enable tenants and landlords with agents within the private rented sector, and leaseholders and freeholders dealing with property managers in the residential sector, to complain to an independent body about the service they have received.

Ultimately the requirement to belong to a redress scheme will help identify bad agents and property managers and improve standards within the private rented sector.

Failure to belong to one of the approved government schemes is an offence and we will impose a fine of up to £5,000 where an agent or property manager who should have joined a scheme has not done so.

For further information download the leaflet from the GOV.UK website