A Sense of Déjà Vu?! Another new ‘How to Rent’ Guide published 09 July 2018
12th July 2018
12th July 2018
On Monday 09 June 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published yet another update to the ‘How to Rent’ Guide to be given to Assured Shorthold tenants.
The new Guide can be accessed here at the gov.uk website.
The new Guide corrects the title of the most recently updated Guide, published less than 2 weeks prior on 26 June 2018 (as covered in our Legal Update sent on 27 June 2018), so it is now in keeping with the title prescribed by The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015. Concerns had been raised as to the validity of the 26 June 2018 Guide, which was entitled ‘How to… Rent A guide for current and prospective tenants in the private rented sector in England’ as opposed to ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’ as set out in the Regulations.
The new Guide should be provided to all new tenants from 09 July 2018, as well as to any tenants who were given the earlier version published on 26 June 2018 in light of the concerns raised.
A number of other Guides were also published by the MHCLG on 26 June 2018 aimed at the residential landlord and tenant sector, albeit they have no legal status :-
‘How to rent a safe home’ – a guide for current and prospective tenants https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent-a-safe-home/how-to-rent-a-safe-home
‘How to let’ – a guide for current and prospective private residential landlords https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-let/how-to-let
‘How to lease’ – a guide for current and prospective leaseholders https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-lease
For more information, please contact Kevin Lever at Kevin.Lever@kdllaw.com or on 01435 897297.
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