The government’s “How to Rent” guide was once again updated yesterday.
Landlords agreeing new tenancies must provide tenants with this new version or risk leaving themselves exposed, as a section 21 notice is not valid unless the correct ‘How to Rent’ guide has been given to the tenant.
In addition to a new tenancy, any tenant who is having their tenancy renewed must also get a copy of the guide before they are served with a section 21 notice. This includes any tenancies that become statutory periodic tenancies.
It is somewhat surprising that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has once again updated the guide, given that there was a similar update a fortnight ago, on 26 June. It is usually changed every six to 12 months.
You can read the new guide by clicking here.