The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) updated the mandatory ‘How to rent’ guide and the ‘How to rent a safe home’ guide on the 26th of June to reflect recent legislative changes. In addition to this, two further ‘How to’ guides have been produced to help support tenants, landlords and letting agents within the private rented sector.
On the 9th of July, a new amendment was made to the mandatory ‘How to rent’ guide meaning that any landlords or agents who downloaded the guide following the last amendment must now ensure that they pass the most up to date guide over to tenants in order to be compliant.
The most recent update includes a new subtitle in the document and now reads ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’ that is reflective of wording in the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015.
The Deregulation Act (2015) requires landlords to issue the ‘How to rent’ guide to tenants at the start of a new tenancy or at the renewal of the current tenancy. Failure to issue this means landlords will be unable to serve a section 21 notice on their tenants.
The new ‘How to’ guides
The aim of the new ‘How to’ guides is to help tenants, landlords and letting agents understand their rights in the industry. The government also hopes the guides will help to raise standards across the industry as a whole.
The ‘how to’ guides within the series are;
- How to rent (updated 09th July)
- How to rent a safe home (updated 26th June)
- How to let (new)
- How to lease (new)
You can find out more about the recent changes, including more about the new ‘how to’ guides here.