A quick note to highlight that the MHCLG ‘How to rent’ booklet was updated on 17 January 2018. Apparently this was just to remove references to the ‘London Rental Standard’. However, this is still important.
For all new assured shorthold tenancies, the current How to Rent booklet must be provided to the tenant for any subsequent s.21 notice to be valid. For any new ‘renewal’ tenancies, the How to Rent booklet does not need to be provided again unless it has been updated in the meantime. If it has been updated, the current version must be provided, otherwise a subsequent s.21 notice is not valid. See our section 21 flowchart for more detail on this.
The booklet and date has been added to the archive page here.
Landlords and agents need to get this right. For tenants and tenant advisors, check the edition of the booklet (hence the archive copies on this site).
It is very unlikely that this will be the last change this year. Keep an eye open for further updates