The UK Government has recently released a new edition of the ‘How to Rent’ guide, which is an essential resource for both private landlords and tenants. The updated guide includes some important legal changes that have taken place recently, which are designed to make the rental process safer and more transparent for all parties involved.
One of the most notable changes is the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in every room with a fixed fuel-burning appliance. This is a significant development in terms of tenant safety, and it reflects the Government’s commitment to improving the standards of rental accommodation across the country. Similarly, the requirement for Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) to be provided to tenants is another important update that ensures rental properties are safe and fit for purpose.
In addition to these important safety updates, the ‘How to Rent’ guide also provides information on fitting smart meters, which can help tenants to monitor their energy usage and reduce their bills. There is also a section in the guide on ensuring the property is suitable for tenants with disabilities, which is an important consideration for landlords who want to provide inclusive and accessible accommodation.
It is worth noting that private landlords are legally required to serve this updated version of the ‘How to Rent’ guide at the start of any new tenancy, and on renewal if there has been an update to the contents of the guide. Failure to do so could result in landlords losing the right to repossess using Section 21.
The new versions of the ‘How to Rent’ and ‘How to Let’ guides are available on the gov.uk website, and an archive of all previous editions of the ‘How to Rent’ guides can be found on the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) website. These resources are an essential tool for landlords and tenants alike, and they provide valuable guidance on the legal and practical aspects of renting in England. By staying up to date with the latest version of the ‘How to Rent’ guide, landlords can ensure that they are meeting their legal obligations and providing safe, secure and comfortable accommodation for their tenants.