Government publishes new and updated â€˜how to guides
Article Posted - 26th June 2018
The Government has today (Tuesday 26th June) published new and updated information to help landlords and tenants who live and work in private rented housing.
Below we outline the changes with everything you need to know.
- Who it's for: Current and prospective landlords in England who let to tenants on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST), the main type of tenancy arrangement between landlords and tenants.
- What it contains: Information and advice about your responsibilities as a landlord, which will help to create a positive relationship with your tenants.
- What action landlords need to take: we recommend you read the guide in full to help you understand your responsibilities as a landlord.
- Who it's for: Current and prospective leaseholders in England.
- What it contains: Information and advice to help leaseholders understand their rights, responsibilities, and how to get help if things go wrong.
- What action landlords need to take: None, although we recommend you read this guide for a re-cap about your rights and responsibilities as a leaseholder.
- Who it's for: Current and prospective tenants renting a house or flat on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST). It is not for lodgers (who live with their landlord) or people with licences – nor tenants where the property is not their main or only home.
- What it contains: Important information about your rights and responsibilities to help create a positive relationship with landlords
- What action landlords need to take: It is a legal requirement for you to give your tenants a copy of this guide when creating a new assured shorthold tenancy in England. If you fail to provide this guide to your tenants, a Section 21 Possession Notice will be invalid, and any application for a Possession Order will be thrown out if it gets to Court.
Top tip: If you have a current assured shorthold tenancy in England, created before 26 June 2018, you do not need to give your tenants this latest version, unless it is being renewed. However, there's nothing to stop you doing so; it could be a great way of reminding your tenants of their responsibilities.When giving a copy of the guide to your tenants don't forget to keep evidence; you will need it if you apply to the Courts for a Possession Order. If you choose to email a copy then confirm the best email address for your tenants beforehand, and ask for them to confirm its receipt.
- Who it's for: Current and prospective tenants renting a house or flat on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST).
- What it contains: Information and details about the main hazards you can find in a rental property which may suggest it is not safe to live in, including what to do if you have concerns or need to make a complaint.
- What action landlords need to take: None. Legally you do not need to provide your tenants with a copy of this guide. However, there's nothing to stop you doing so. It could be a great way to provide peace of mind to tenants that you're aware of your responsibilities to provide a safe home.
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