On 17th January 2018 the Government’s How to Rent Guide was updated
As you know from your DASH training and previous e-newsletters The Deregulation Act 2015 requires landlords to give their tenants the latest copy of the Government’s How to Rent Guide at the start of a tenancy.
Along with the Prescribed Information (if a deposit was taken), a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and Gas Safety Certificate (where required), the ‘how to rent’ guide needs to be provided to the tenant before a valid Section 21 notice can be served.
It is vital that landlords provide their tenants with the most up-to-date version at the start of a tenancy in order for any subsequent Section 21 notice to be valid.
With this change coming into play this month - if you have any old versions saved it is vital you replace them with the most up to date version or alternatively always print a fresh copy of the www.gov website to ensure you haven’t missed an update.
The updated guide does not need to be re-served to existing tenants.
The guide can be accessed via the following link;