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Government Publishes New and Updated “How To Guides”

The Government has today (Tuesday 26th June) published new and updated information to help landlords and tenants who live and work in private rented housing.

It has produced two new guides as part of its ‘how to’ series; How to Let, and How to Lease, while making important updates to existing guides; How to Rent and How to Rent a Safe Home.

Below we outline the changes with everything you need to know.

New guidance

How to Let

  • Who it’s for: Current and prospective landlords in England who let to tenants on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST), the main type of tenancy arrangement between landlords and tenants.
  • What it contains: Information and advice about your responsibilities as a landlord, which will help to create a positive relationship with your tenants.
  • What action landlords need to take: we recommend you read the guide in full to help you understand your responsibilities as a landlord.

How to Lease

  • Who it’s for: Current and prospective leaseholders in England.
  • What it contains: Information and advice to help leaseholders understand their rights, responsibilities, and how to get help if things go wrong.
  • What action landlords need to take: None, although we recommend you read this guide for a re-cap about your rights and responsibilities as a leaseholder.

Updated guidance

How to Rent

  • Who it’s for: Current and prospective tenants renting a house or flat on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST). It is not for lodgers (who live with their landlord) or people with licences – nor tenants where the property is not their main or only home.
  • What it contains: Important information about your rights and responsibilities to help create a positive relationship with landlords
  • What action landlords need to take: It is a legal requirement for you to give your tenants a copy of this guide when creating a new assured shorthold tenancy in England. If you fail to provide this guide to your tenants, a Section 21 Possession Notice will be invalid, and any application for a Possession Order will be thrown out if it gets to Court.

How to Rent a Safe Home

  • Who it’s for: Current and prospective tenants renting a house or flat on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST).
  • What it contains: Information and details about the main hazards you can find in a rental property which may suggest it is not safe to live in, including what to do if you have concerns or need to make a complaint.
  • What action landlords need to take: None. Legally you do not need to provide your tenants with a copy of this guide. However, there’s nothing to stop you from doing so. It could be a great way to provide peace of mind to tenants that you’re aware of your responsibilities to provide a safe home.

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