The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has released ‘How to rent’ a document designed to help tenants know their rights with a new checklist. The RLA have a similar document available.
Tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) have been given a helping hand from Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, with the publication of a ‘checklist for renting in England’ titled “How to rent”. The document provides tenants a step-by-step guide to renting a property, what to look for and ask the landlord or managing agent.
The RLA has also published a “tenant’s guide” designed to provide tenants with awareness of what to look for in a landlord, but also their responsibilities within a rental/lease agreement. The RLA’s “Tenant guide” provides those seeking to rent detailed advice in dealing with landlords or letting agents and a check list of items spanning the entire rental process.
Both documents consider what tenants should consider before moving in, during the tenancy, and ending a tenancy.
The RLA guide is aimed at improving tenant education when renting in the private rented sector (PRS). Tenants who are informed on what landlords are required to do can steer clear of substandard properties and potentially criminal landlords.