New ‘How to Rent’ Guide!

by News Team

16:19 PM, 26th June 2018
About 2 years ago

New ‘How to Rent’ Guide!

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New ‘How to Rent’ Guide!

I’ve done a couple of tenancies today and the ‘How to Rent’ guide this has changed in the last 20 minutes!

I wonder what would happen if I had actually signed both of these tenants up today with one before the change and one after?

The new guide is also now eleven pages (up from eight? previously). I am going to have to go over it with a fine-toothed comb now. See link below:

There’s also a matching ‘How to Let’ guide aimed at Landlords, which I believe is a new addition? See link below:

“How to let

This guide is for current private residential landlords and anyone interested in letting a property in the private rented sector.


This guide is for current and prospective landlords. It explains the responsibilities, legal requirements and best practice for letting a property in the private rented sector.

It is not intended to cover leasehold, holiday lets or ‘resident landlords’ who let to lodgers.”




Michael Barnes

17:01 PM, 1st July 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Lynne Davis at 30/06/2018 - 12:40you just have to issue the version that's current on the day the tenancy starts.
That may not be correct. The wording of the regulation is ambiguous:
The information is the version of the document entitled “How to rent: the checklist for renting in England”, as published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, that has effect for the time being.
That could mean the latest version at the time the tenancy starts or could mean the latest version at the time it is given.

Possession Friend

17:14 PM, 1st July 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 01/07/2018 - 17:01
Yes Michael, absolutely.
I see that Tessa's adopts a cautious attitude to suggest playing safe ( due to poor 'daftmanship, no misspelling ) and serving the version that existed at the time the tenancy began, AND the current version at the time it was actually served, if later [ i.e for'that' time being ]
Nearly legal thinks this may be overly reading into the poor legislation. MHCLG have been asked months ago for clarification and not responded. Kinda almost suggests they're not bothered about the legal mess landlords find themselves in, and any failed Possession proceedings is that many more tenants the state doesn't have to pick up the bill for.
As for me, I was taught to be cautious. 😉 and all necessary documents need to be squared up before tenancy begins.
MHCLG are also obviously aware of the Gas cert not served before tenancy and the cases where Sec 21 proceedings have been dismissed because of this. No word or intervention from them on that either - come to your own conclusions !

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