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 may charge a fee for their services and you normally have to pay a deposit before moving in. Most landlords let properties for 6 or 12 months at a time.

We may be able to offer assistance to help people secure accommodation.

Some useful websites can be found below:

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 3 Government approved redress schemes.

The three 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