How to Rent ? A Mandatory Guide

How to Rent ?              A Mandatory Guide

Landlords now required to provide the "How to Rent" guide

How to Rent ?              A Mandatory Guide

Landlords are required to give tenants a copy of the ‘How To Rent Guide’ before a tenancy commences.  This information is frequently updated and the last version came out in February 2016.

If Landlords have not provided the ‘How to Rent Guide’ to tenancies commencing from 1st October 2015, then you will not be able to serve notice on your tenants!

The information may be provided to the tenant wither in hard copy or by email (where the tenant has notified the landlord, or agent, of an e-mail address at which the tenant is content to accept service of notices and other documents given under or in connection with the tenancy).

If the “How to Rent” guide changes during the tenancy, the new version is not required to be provided.

Where a written renewal is agreed between the same landlord and tenant for substantially the same property, another copy of the “how to rent” guide only needs providing if the guide has changed since the previous tenancy and previous version supplied to the tenant. Therefore, when undertaking written renewals, landlords and agents will need to check and compare versions - providing a new guide for the tenants when necessary.

The legislation does not provide any time limit to supply the information.

Graham Jolliffe, Director of Maher Ross said, “This is one of many recent changes that have been introduced to the Residential Lettings Industry over the past couple of years.  Whilst it does help to provide additional protection for tenants, it further complicates the industry meaning that many Landlords are choosing to move to a fully-managed lettings service”.

Whilst Maher Ross Ltd have made every effort to ensure that the information contained in this article is accurate, we do not guarantee in any way the accuracy of the information provided or implied.  Readers are strongly advised to check the information for themselves and to consult a competent Residential Lettings solicitor like PainSmith or Dutton Gregory Ltd. Copyright C. Maher Ross Ltd 2015