The Government’s “How to Rent” guide has been updated today.
Landlords entering into tenancies, will have to give this new version to their tenants as of today or they are leaving themselves at risk, as a section 21 notice is 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.
For a change with such important ramifications, the guide has been updated to make the most minor of alterations.
This is to remove references to the London Mayor’s London Rental Standard which was abandoned by the Mayor back in May 2017.
With further change on the horizon – in terms the introduction of banning orders for landlords, the rogue landlord database, and Karen Buck MPs legislation on fitness for human habitation – you should also keep your eyes peeled as no doubt further updates will be on the horizon.
Don’t panic – tenants who are currently within a fixed term do not need to be given a replacement version of the guide.
However, any tenant who is getting a new tenancy or is having their tenancy renewed MUST get a copy of the guide before they are served with a section 21 notice.
There are real fears this will be missed in a lot of cases, with a large number of defective s21 notices and possession cases failing as a result.
Read the new guide 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.