The Government’s How to Rent Guide, which landlords need to give to their tenants has been updated.
The Deregulation Act 2015 requires landlords to give their tenants the latest copy of the Government’s How to Rent Guide at the start of a tenancy. Along with the Prescribed Information in relation to the deposit, a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and Gas Safety Certificate where required, the guide needs to be provided to the tenant before a valid Section 21 notice can be served.
The update to the guide is not a major revision as it only removes reference to the ‘London Rental Standard’ which ended last year.
However, tenants must be provided with the most up-to-date version at the start of a tenancy in order for any subsequent Section 21 notice to be valid.
The updated guide does not need to be re-served to existing tenants.