Several members have posted on our forum in the past week about the How to Rent guide updates.
The How to Rent guide was updated once in June, and once in July.
This is because the updated version of the guide actually still reads ‘May 2019’ in the bottom corner.
Our team were able to respond by confirming that the Government has issued an updated version of the guide, where two words have been changed.
All updates to the How to Rent guide can be found over on our How to Rent guide webpage.
Do I need to give my existing tenants the new version of the How to Rent guide?
The How to Rent guide forms part of the ‘prescribed documents’ that landlords must give to tenants at the beginning of a tenancy.
It is important for new tenancies starting in England that landlords serve the most recent edition of the How to Rent guide to their tenants. Failure to do so could lead to the landlord struggling to be able to serve a Section 21 notice further down the line if they need to.
Landlords with a property in England must provide the correct How to Rent guide for the date that the tenancy started.
So, for a tenancy started between June 3rd – July 28th, the 3rd June How to Rent guide should be provided.
For any tenancy started on or after 29th July, then the 29th July version should be issued.
This includes any statutory periodic tenancies that started on or after these dates.