On the 26th June 2018 the latest version of the Government ‘How to Rent’ guide was issued, so you need to destroy any old copies and use this one for all tenancies set up from the 26/06/18 onwards: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/720041/How_to_Rent_Final_Jun2018.pdf
Getting this wrong could prevent you from serving a valid Section 21 notice if you need to evict tenants in the future.
There’s also a new 14 page ‘How to Let’ guide’ for current private residential landlords and anyone interested in letting a property in the private rented sector: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-let
This is not intended to cover leasehold, holidays lets or ‘resident landlords’ who let to lodgers.
On page 4, the new ‘How to Let’ guide proactively highlights: You should consider joining a landlord accreditation scheme. Membership of an accreditation scheme can provide various benefits, including a signal to your tenants that as a landlord you meet a set of professional standards.
- ☆ 4th October
- ☆ 5th October
- ☆ 1st November
- ☆ 2nd November 2018 – with further dates to be confirmed.
Covering all the main areas that a landlord should know in order to operate a successful business, attendance of this highly informative day will accredit individuals for 5 years; as long as the yearly CPD requirement is upkept.
HOW TO RENT TOP TIPS from our accreditation day trainer:
- ☆ If you’ve already created an assured shorthold tenancy in England before 26 June 2018 you won’t need to give your tenants this latest version, but there’s nothing to stop you doing so. It could be a great way of reminding your tenants of their responsibilities!
- ☆ You can email the guide to your tenants, but to ensure it is properly served you must:1) Ask your tenant to confirm in writing the correct email address to use.
2) Attach the guide to the email as a PDF; emailing the link is not sufficient.
3) Keep a copy of 1) and 2) safely archived in case it is required later.