Most lettings by private landlords which began before 15 January 1989 are regulated tenancies under the Rent Act 1977 unless the landlord and tenant live in the same house. Regulated tenants have greater security of tenure and are subject to rent control.

A tenant whose tenancy is regulated by the Rent Act 1977 is unlikely to be evicted unless significant rent arrears have been accumulated or the landlord is able to provide suitable alternative accommodation. More information can be found in the leaflet Regulated Tenancies available from the GOV.UK website at


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