Becoming a tenant

Bibury cottages, Gloucestershire © Rod Edwards

Bibury cottages, Gloucestershire

We advertise our houses on rightmove.co.uk

To prepare yourself you should read our House Letting Policy, where you will be able to see more about the criteria we look for when selecting tenants.


If you have decided that becoming a Trust tenant is right for you, the first place to start your search is www.rightmove.co.uk, where we advertise all of our vacancies. We don’t keep waiting lists, so it’s worth bookmarking this site and checking back regularly. You can register for an alert to be sent whenever a suitable property becomes available.

Some other ways to find out about vacancies:

  • Look out for ‘to let’ boards outside our houses
  • Check you local newspaper for our adverts
  • Contact your local Trust office. You can find these by calling 0844 800 1895 or 0344 800 1895 (local call rates apply)
  • E-mail tenant.enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk and we can put you in touch with the best person to help

Please note that agricultural lettings are advertised in the trade press and on our farms to let page when they become available.

There’ll be brochures available for any properties we’re letting, which will set out the basic details and tell you who to contact for more information.

Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in, viewings will either be by individual appointment, or sometimes we hold dedicated viewing days. In either case, you’ll need to contact the local office dealing with the letting to arrange an appointment.

If you still like the property after you’ve viewed, you’ll then need to complete an application form, provide references and have a credit check done so we can make sure that you’re suitable for the property. You may also be asked to attend an interview. It’s not quite as bad as applying for a mortgage, but we still need to check all the same.

If you’re successful, you’ll be required to sign a legal tenancy agreement. You may like to take independent advice on this which could be from a solicitor, or the Citizens Advice Bureau, or other appropriate organisations. We’ll give you time to read the tenancy properly and take any advice you want before signing it. You might also like to look at our Residential Tenants Handbook, which has more information about being a National Trust tenant. Once you’ve signed (and paid any deposit and first instalment of rent) we’ll hand over the keys!