Today, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a series of new and updated online guides for private landlords and tenants including a new How to Let guide and an updated How to Rent guide which must be issued to tenants at the start (or renewal) of an assured shorthold tenancy – as from the 26th June 2018.
In order to continue to improve standards in the private rented sector, the series of guides have been produced in partnership with private landlord, tenant and managing agent groups and professional bodies and local housing authorities.
The new How to Let guide includes checklists for new and existing landlords to help them comply with current property legislation and their legal responsibilities when letting a property, including how to protect tenancy deposits, carry out gas safety checks and install smoke and carbon dioxide alarms.
The guide is aimed at Private landlords that are letting under an assured shorthold tenancy in England. The How to Let guide does not cover leasehold, holiday lets or ‘resident landlords’ who let to lodgers.
The How to Let guide is only an information guide for landlords – it does not need to be issued to tenants.
*** The latest How to Rent guide must be issued to tenants at the start of a new tenancy or on renewal. ***
Download the How to Let Guide for Landlords
The series of guides that are available to download from the Government website include:
- Guide for landlords
- How to Lease (Information for leaseholders)
- How to Rent a Safe Home (Information only for tenants)
- New How to Rent Guide 2018 (This must be issued to tenants at the start of a new tenancy and on renewal)
Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said:
“Every day across the country thousands of people move house – from young people leaving home for the first time, to those relocating after years in the same property.
“Whatever the circumstance, we want to ensure renters, landlords and leaseholders are armed with information, so they know their rights, responsibilities and can challenge poor behaviour.
How to Let and Landlord Checklist
In addition to the How to Let guide, we have produced our own landlord checklist which you may find helpful when considering renting out your property for the first time.
If you wish to discuss the new How to let guide with a member of the landlord team, please contact us on 0333 577 8888.