EYE NEWSFLASH: Important for agents – Government issues new How to Rent guide

Just two weeks after the Government launched an updated version of the How to Rent guide, it yesterday issued a new one.

This time it is called How to Rent – the checklist for renting in England.

With immediate effect, agents should ensure they are issuing this very latest guide to tenants when they start or renew tenancies.

Failure to serve the most up to date guide invalidates any future Section 21 action.

Agents who inadvertently served the fortnight-old version yesterday or this morning should be aware that technically they are in breach of the Deregulation Act, ARLA chief executive David Cox advises.

He said: “However, it only becomes a problem if they serve a S21 later down the line. I would advise they should serve the new version as soon as possible today.”

The new guide is here:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent?utm_campaign=9647936_MHCLG%20How%20to%20rent%20guides&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&dm_t=0,0,0,0,0


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  1. CountryLass

    Oh FGS….

  2. Peter

    They have not changed the version number and when saving the new document you will notice the file name is the same as the previous one. So I can see some people believing they already have the most up-to-date one.

  3. mrtickle

    Serious question.


    Why are the government such a$$holes?

  4. PossessionFriendUK39

    You couldn’t make it up if you tried,  but I think  MHCLG are   ‘ making it up as they Bumble along ‘

    Meanwhile, Gov, Shelter Gen R  (  all those who DON’T provide any Housing, will continue to glee over Landlords picking up thepieces for Housing those L.A’s can’t.

  5. Will

    Just about as much as a farce as the Governments attempt at brexit.  Still we can probably look forward to another new version next week!

  6. new life

    Does anyone actually know whats changed ?

    1. CountryLass

      The cover as far as I can see…. I haven’t gone through it in detail though!

  7. marcH

    Totally STARK STARING BONKERS – and this is the bunch that plans to introduce the tenant fee ban next year because we agents don’t work hard enough for our money!! Sack ’em all I say. A plague on all their houses.


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