Updates to the ‘How to Rent’ guide

If you’re a residential landlord, you need to be aware that on 10th December 2020 the government published an updated version of their “How to Rent” guide.

This is an important document that should be provided to all new tenants before they move into their rented property. Failure to provide the tenant with a copy of this guide will prevent you from recovering the property under a Section 21 “no fault notice.” Landlords must ensure that the new version is used from 10th December 2020 onwards.

The new guide contains a wealth of updated information for tenants; including guidance on deposits, HMOS, tenant fees and the recently introduced requirement for mandatory electrical testing in the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/312). It is therefore fully up to date and arms tenants with comprehensive information on key issues in landlord and tenant law.

Importantly the guidance also makes reference to the government’s intention to abolish the Section 21 “no fault” notice, making it clear that this remains part of the government’s agenda going forwards.

The ‘How to Rent’ guide can be found on the gov.uk website.

If you require advice on this issue, or any other landlord and tenant matters, please email Fiona Hannaford or call Fiona on 01803 403403.

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