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Linda Cobb Project Manager

How to Rent Guide - updated version 17.01.2018

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;



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