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New How to Rent Guide (England) published today

2nd October 2023

How to rent guide

The Renting Checklist for tenants living in rented accommodation in England has been published today. The guide is for people who are renting a home privately under an assured shorthold tenancy, either direct from a landlord or through a letting agency. Most of it will also apply if you are a tenant living in a shared property but in certain cases, your rights and responsibilities will vary.

The guide, which is intended to help tenants and private landlords understand what they are entitled to, was last updated in March and is part of the prescribed information that property owners/agents in England must provide at the start of any new tenancy or renewal, failing to which they lose the right to repossess under Section 21.

 

It has been revised recently to take into account legislative changes such as the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in each space with a fixed fuel burning device and the provision of an electrical installation condition report to tenants.

The Housing Loss Prevention Service, which replaces the Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes, allows occupants facing eviction or repossession to receive free legal advice on housing, debt, and welfare benefits issues prior to appearing in court, in addition to getting additional guidance and representation on the actual day of their hearing.

 

If agents or landlords have issued the most recent edition of the guide ahead of the tenancy commencement date, they must follow up by providing the new version immediately when it becomes accessible, preserving proof of this – preferably by employing an approach that also demonstrates that it was successfully delivered and opened.

 

The latest edition of the How to Rent guide is accessible on the gov.uk website on Monday 2nd October.