Update: How to Guides corrected and reissued
The Government has corrected errors in the recently updated How to Guides in England, and has reissued them on their website.
Landlords who issued the previous version of the How to Rent guide, published on 26 June, are advised to provide their tenants with the updated version to be certain you remain compliant with the law. This is because the title of the document has been changed, to ensure it reflects the requirements for the document set out in statute.
Landlords must also issue this current version of the document when entering a new tenancy agreement.
The main changes to the guides are:
How to Rent
Cover page - this has been amended and the subtitle of the document is now ‘The checklist for renting in England’, which reflects the wording in the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015.
At the bottom of page 6, it says the landlord ‘should provide a record of any electrical inspections’ as opposed to ‘must’ in the previous version.
How to Rent a Safe Home
The box at the bottom of p4 has been updated to read: ‘If you smell gas or suspect a carbon monoxide leak’.
How to Let
At the bottom on p3 in the checklist box the final bullet is being updated to refer to carbon monoxide as opposed to carbon dioxide alarms.
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