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New How To Rent guide just released by government

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Fri 24 Mar 2023

New How To Rent guide just released by government

A new 'How to Rent' guide has been released by the government today, with letting agents and private landlords reminded they MUST serve this version at the start of any new tenancy or on renewal.

Rules were brought in eight years ago making it mandatory for agents and landlords in England to provide the latest version of ‘How to rent: a checklist for renting in England’ to their tenants when the first tenancy starts – and on renewal if there has been an update to the contents of the guide.

It forms part of the prescribed information landlords must issue, and if they do not, they lose the right to repossess using Section 21.

The guide has been updated to reflect some recent legal changes, including the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in every room with a fixed fuel-burning appliance and the requirement for EICRs must be provided to the tenants.

In addition, it also contains information on fitting smart meters and there is a section in the guide on ensuring the property is suitable if you have a disability.

The new versions of the How to Rent and How to Let guides are available on the website.