‘How to Rent’ Guide

Did you know that all landlords in England starting a new tenancy or renewing tenancies to a new fixed term or statutory periodic tenancy must issue their tenants with the latest version of the government’s How to Rent guide?

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has released an updated version of the guide which took effect from 1st June, 2019, and takes into account the effects of the Tenant Fees 2019.

There is a host of changes in the new guide including details of the new provisions relating to deposits, tenants default fees and permitted payments. The implications of holding deposits, rent payments more than 14 days late and how tenants might incur charges for early tenancy termination are covered.

The guide also explains the details of prohibited payments and the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018.

Finally, it refers to the recent announcement of the abolition of Section 21, whilst pointing out that this has not yet come into force and that tenants are still bound by the current process.

The guide can be accessed here.