Archive of the MHCLG 'How to Rent' booklets. The booklet must be served on the tenant before a section 21 notice can be served for all new and replacement tenancies from 1 October 2015. If the booklet was previously served, then at the start of each 'replacement' tenancy, there is no requirement to re-serve the booklet unless it has been updated.
As the MHCLG and Gov UK site apparently will not be providing a method to check which version of the handbook was current at a given date, which will actually be crucial for checking whether a s.21 has been validly served, we will try to catalogue them here, by release date.
1 October 2015 - Download here.
1 February 2016 - Download here
17 January 2018 - Download here
26 June 2018 - Download here
31 May 2019 - Download here
Since 31 May 2019, there have been two 'silent' changes to the guide - hidden by MHCLG and still both billed as 'v.4'. MHCLG really shouldn't do this, given the significance of the document. The gov.uk page still says last updated 31 May 2019.
3 June 2019 - download here - (changing the reference and link on page 5 from “NALS” to “Safeagent”)
29 July 2019 - download here - (changing the wording on page 4 from “If you don’t have a guarantor, you can ask Shelter for help.” to "...ask Shelter for advice.”)
[Update 15 August 2019 - the current 'How to rent' guide pdf remains dated 'May 2019' at the bottom. This may well be a cause of confusion, for example for tenants thinking they have not received the latest version. Unfortunately, the only way to check is to look at the text on page 4 and 5 to see if it includes the two changes.]