The Government’s How to Rent guide has been updated, just two weeks after the previous update.
This update means that landlords and letting agents must make sure that new tenants or those renewing, issue the correct version of the guide.
The How to Rent booklet, the latest version of which can be downloaded here, forms some of the ‘prescribed information’ that landlords are required to provide their tenants. Failure to do so could even mean that landlords are unable to evict tenants using a Section 21 notice.
What happens if I issued the previous version to my tenants?
It is advisable that landlords and letting agents who issued the version of the How to Rent guide on the 26th June, to issue this updated and amended version.
What has changed?
The latest version, which you can download here, includes a different subtitle on the document. It is now called ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’ – this change reflects the wording in the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015.
The How to Rent guide is intended to help tenants understand their rights and responsibilities when finding a home in the private rented sector. The last update of the guide was on the 26th June, and prior to this it was on January earlier this year.
Landlords are reminded that they must make sure that new tenants, or those renewing have the correct version of the How to Rent guide.
The guide (updated in June) was altered so that it reflected legislative changes including information about the tenants fee ban and the upcoming changes to HMO licensing.
Many thanks to Richard Tacagni from London Property Licensing for making us aware of this update. You can hear Richard speak at our Future Renting conference in London this September. Book your ticket here.
- The RLA runs an online course on Section 21 notices and how to serve them correctly. For more information and to book click here.
- Read more about the prescribed information in our Start of Tenancy checklist guide here
- In addition to the How to Rent guide which has been updated, some of the other guides have been updated as well, including the How to Rent a Safe Home guide and How to Let guide (although these do not form part of the prescribed information for tenant) You can check out these guides here