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Government publishes new and updated ‘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.

It has produced two new guides as part of its ‘how to' series; How to Let, and How to Lease, while making important updates to existing guides; How to Rent and How to Rent a Safe Home.

Below we outline the changes with everything you need to know.

New guidance

How to Let

How to Lease

Updated guidance

How to Rent

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.

How to Rent a Safe Home

Further information

The guides are all available online at and NLA members can always access them via a link on NLA Forms.

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