How To Rent guide updated 21/07/2021

How To Rent guide updated 21/07/2021

9:59 AM, 22nd July 2021, About A week ago 11

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The How To Rent guide that is a regulatory requirement to be given to all new tenants has been amended once again.

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Please be aware that some advice in this guide may be affected by the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for renting. Please refer to guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities reflecting the current COVID-19 outbreak.

This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process, including:

  • what to look out for before renting
  • living in a rented home
  • what happens at the end of a tenancy
  • what to do if things go wrong

This is the most up to date version of the Guide. It incorporates all changes detailed in the update history.



Comments

by JTH

10:19 AM, 22nd July 2021, About A week ago

It appears that the update for 21st July 2021 is the addition of the 'Easy Read' How to Rent Guide. The How to rent: the checklist for renting in England is still dated December 2020.

by Luke P

10:26 AM, 22nd July 2021, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by JTH at 22/07/2021 - 10:19
Indeed you are correct. What is the point in this version unless we are supposed to issue it…or should we now be issuing it in addition to the original?

Come to think of it, I wonder if there are discrepancies between the two, because I’d bet there are…!

by Prakash Tanna

10:26 AM, 22nd July 2021, About A week ago

Slightly confused. Why is there now two version on the government website, Dec 2020 and the July 2021 Easy Read.

Which is the two are we meant to serve or do we have to give both of them?

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent

by Laura Delow

10:48 AM, 22nd July 2021, About A week ago

It seems the H2R Dec 20 Guide has been updated & the Easy Read is added albeit not sure if this is mandatory we give this too (states at the bottom of the webpage):-
Last updated 21 July 2021
21 July 2021
Added How to rent: easy read
10 December 2020
Updated the How to Rent guidance

by Prakash Tanna

11:43 AM, 22nd July 2021, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Laura Delow at 22/07/2021 - 10:48
How can they update the Dec 2020 version but not change the date on it. That makes no sense. But hay ho, that's the Government for you ... when have they ever made any sense.

by MARY PRICE

12:42 PM, 22nd July 2021, About A week ago

I have just checked with the NRLA and they say to continue to issue the December 2020 guide to tenants.
The new update can be issued in addition to December 2020 guide and would be useful to help people who might have difficulty understanding the terminology but it is not a requirement but mearly a guide to help them.

by Prakash Tanna

12:54 PM, 22nd July 2021, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by MARY PRICE at 22/07/2021 - 12:42
Hi, thank you for clarifying this. I was going to call the NRLA myself for advice but often end up educating them and correcting the advice they give so thought best not to on this occasion as the released document is still hot off the press and the ink has not dried yet !!!

by Michael Barnes

0:13 AM, 24th July 2021, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Prakash Tanna at 22/07/2021 - 11:43
They have updated the statutory document before without changing the date or the revision history.
They just don't seem to understand the legal implications for landlords.

by Jim S

9:17 AM, 24th July 2021, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by MARY PRICE at 22/07/2021 - 12:42
I wouldn't entirely trust what the NRLA advice line says, they are a useful guide on their advice but they never put anything in writing to you for confirmation and they quite often get there advice wrong. Has the wording on the new HTR booklet changed in ANY way? if so then that becomes the new version even if they haven't changed the publication date. Please remember that the Government want you to make mistakes on your paperwork so that any possible eviction can be thrown out of court and so alleviate the homeless problem. That's why they won't be consistent with issue dates and that's why they put issue dates at the bottom of the 2nd page instead of at the back of the document or on the front page where people can clearly see it.

by Prakash Tanna

12:13 PM, 24th July 2021, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 24/07/2021 - 00:13
Thanks for that. You are correct, I recollect them doing that in the past. I always download the current version from the website being issuing it which is a ball ache but the only way to make sure you are doing the best you can to comply with the regs.

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