Landlords need to give tenants the latest version of the How to Rent guide – or risk forfeiting the right to rely on aSection 21 eviction notice.

The Government has today published the latest guide with the reminder that it has to be delivered at the start of any new tenancy or renewal.

The new version incorporates recent legislative changes such as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, the Tenant Fees Act and electrical checks.

The guide was introduced five years ago, making it mandatory for landlords to provide the latest version when the tenancy starts and on renewal if there’s been an update to the contents.

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Rights and responsibilities

It aims to help both tenants and landlords understand their rights and responsibilities by providing a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the renting process, including what to look out for before renting and what happens at the end of a tenancy. It can be given either as a hard copy or, if tenants agree, by email.

The Government has also updated its How to Rent a Safe Home and How to Let guides, to update legal changes since they were last published in 2019.

ARLA Propertymark says if there’s any doubt about whether someone has the right version or format of the guide, it’s best to send an updated copy to all tenants.

It adds: “We are in continual dialogue with the Ministry of Housing about issues affecting the private rented sector. We continue to reiterate to the Government the need for a coordinated approach to updating the How to Rent guide and the impact it has on the existing tenancies and the working practices of agents.”

Download the latest guide here.

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