The Government recently issued a new set of “How to … ” Guides, including a new version of the “How to Rent” booklet.
The guides are designed to let renters and leaseholders know their rights, and are part of the Government’s drive to improve standards in the private rented sector.
The most important of these, from a landlord perspective is the “How to Rent” guide. The most up-to-date version must be served on the tenant in person (not via email) before the start of a new tenancy, in order for the landlord to be able to serve a Section 21 notice.
The latest version also needs to be given to tenants in situ when their tenancy is renewed or when their tenancy goes statutory periodic.
The “How to Rent” guide is the only guide with a statutory requirement attached to it.
The other guides are “How to Let”, “How to Lease”, and “How to Rent a Safe Home”.
The “How to Let” Guide outlines key responsibilities and legal compliance procedures for landlords, and covers such issues as tenancy deposit protection, gas safety checks, and installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
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