Becoming a tenant

Bibury cottages, Gloucestershire

Bibury cottages, Gloucestershire

If you think that one of our houses could be right for you, find out more about how to rent one of our residential properties, and what it means to be a Trust tenant.


  • Your new home

    We advertise our vacant houses and cottages on rightmove, where you can view basic information.

  • Farms

    Information about running one of our farms, and details of any current vacancies.

Living with the Trust

Tenant Jane Wheeler

Jane and her family have lived in Lacock for the last 10 years. She tells us what life is like as a tenant in a Trust house.

Living with the Trust

The Dolaucothi estate farmers supply their lamb to Dunbia © National Trust

Find out from one of our tenant farmers what it's like having the Trust as a landlord.

Letting the public in

The Modernist house, The Homewood, one of our tenanted houses © Dennis Gilbert

Some of our houses that are open to the public have tenants living in them. Find out more about sharing your home with visitors.

Living with the Trust

Spearywell Cottage on the Mottisfont estate © National Trust

Matt and his family are new tenants at Spearywell Cottage on the Mottisfont estate and tell us what attracted them to one of our properties.

Life for our tenants

Hear from some of our tenants in West Wycombe about life with the Trust.

Our house letting policy

Of the 25,000 buildings that we own, around 5,000 are houses and cottages. Many were acquired as part of larger estates and often include estate villages which had historically provided homes for estate workers and also a ‘dowry’ to help fund the running costs of the estate.

We aim above all to be a professional and fair landlord, providing warm, comfortable homes at a fair market rent for people in more than 40 villages. The income from the homes we rent plays a vital part in funding not only the repair and maintenance of these often quirky and sensitive rented properties, but also our duty to look after special places and to provide wonderful experiences for tens of millions of people each year.

Overall objectives for housing:

  • To safeguard the physical contribution our houses and cottages make to the historic built environment
  • To generate rental income to support our purposes
  • To further our work in the locality through selection of tenants with suitable skills
  • To help meet identified social housing needs where we are a significant housing provider
  • Where possible, to favour those making a contribution to the community