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The government has updated the mandatory "How to" guides

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a new series of ‘How to’ guides produced for tenants, landlords and letting agents. In addition, the government’s mandatory ‘How to rent’ guide has been revised.


The most recent update includes a new subtitle in the document and now reads ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’ that is reflective of wording in the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015.


The Deregulation Act (2015) requires landlords to issue the ‘How to rent’ guide to tenants at the start of a new tenancy or at the renewal of the current tenancy. Failure to issue means landlords will be unable to serve a section 21 notice on their tenants. It is therefore important to ensure that you provide the correct guide to tenants.


The MHCLG updated the mandatory ‘How to rent’ guide (9th July) and the ‘How to rent a safe home’ guide (26th of June) to reflect recent legislative changes. In addition to this, two further ‘How to’ guides have been produced to help support tenants, landlords and letting agents within the private rented sector.


The new ‘How to’ guides

The government hopes the guides will help to raise standards across the industry as a whole and features a series of four guides for landlords, agents and tenants.


The ‘How to’ guides within the series are;

How to rent (mandatory - updated 9th July)

How to rent a safe home (updated 26th June)

How to let (new)

How to lease (new)


Landlords should regularly check the government website as the guides are subject to regular review and amendment, in order to remain compliant.


You can find out more about the recent changes, including more detailed information about the new ‘How to’ guides here.