A new ‘How to Rent’ Booklet was released today (26 June 2018) by MHCLG. This version must be provided to the tenant by the landlord (not just a link) for all new assured shorthold tenancies and replacement ASTs (including statutory periodic tenancies) that arise from now on. At least until the next version. A copy has been added to our archive of ‘How to Rent’ booklets – there for landlords, tenants and tenants’ advisors to check the right version was given. If the correct booklet was not given to the tenant, then for any post 1 October 2015 tenancy or replacement tenancy, no section 21 notice can be served.
MHCLG have branched out into other ‘How to’ guides. Though these have no statutory significance at all, today MHCLG also released:
How to Let – aimed at landlords
How to Lease – aimed at prospective and current leaseholders
How to Rent a Safe Home – aimed at tenants
I think it is fair to say they are an ‘introduction’ to each topic, and there is the odd little hiccup of law, but the basic rights, responsibilities and duties are all there.