The Government has issued an updated version of its How to Rent guide with landlords reminded they MUST make sure new tenants, or those renewing have the correct version.
Landlords entering into tenancies have to give this new version to their tenants as of today, or they are leaving themselves at risk, with Section 21 notices not valid unless the correct How to Rent guide has been provided to the tenant.
This applies whether it is a new tenancy or a renewal and also includes any tenancies that become statutory periodic tenancies on or after this date.
However tenants who are currently within a fixed term do not need to be given a replacement version of the guide at this point.
The new guide has been updated to reflect legislative changes including information about the tenants fee ban and the upcoming changes to HMO licensing and has been given a facelift to make it more user friendly.
Only the How to Rent guide needs to be provided to tenants, with the others designed to advise you, as landlords, on how to successfully and safely let out homes.
The last update to the guide took place in January this year to remove references to the London Mayor’s London Rental Standard which was abandoned by the Mayor back in May 2017.
The RLA runs an online course on Section 21 notices and how to serve them correctly. For more information and to book click here.