Depending on what type of tenant you are will determine who you should pay your rent to and what rights and responsibilities you have.

Private tenants

Private tenants rent a property such as a house of flat that is owned by a private landlord or company.

Find out about private renting on GOV.UK

Council tenants

Council tenants pay rent directly to Medway Council. You may also be referred to as a social tenant if you rent from a council or a housing association.

Find out about council housing on GOV.UK


Leaseholders own their home for a fixed length of time under a lease (an agreement) with a landlord or freeholder. The ownership of the property returns to the landlord once the lease ends. Leaseholders will pay ground rent to their landlord and service charges to cover the cost of running services such as maintenance, repairs and communal electricity and water.

Find out about leaseholders on GOV.UK