What is a how to rent guide?
The How to Rent guide is an online government publication that provides information on the renting procedure in England and Wales to existing and future tenants. It explains their rights and obligations as tenants, and also landlords' contractual obligations.
At the start of their occupancy, all landlords must guarantee that their tenant(s) has (have) obtained a copy of the How to Rent document.
Why do I need a how to rent guide?
Unlike other landlord responsibilities, such as the annual fuel safety check, you will not be fined if you neglect to provide your tenants with a how-to-rent document. If you later need your occupants to exit the premises and need to use a Section 21 Warning (no-fault eviction) to do so, you'll have to be able to show that you met your landlording obligations. as well as having given a copy of the document.
May I send my tenant a copy of the how-to-rent guide via email?
You may either email your tenants a copy of the how to rent guide or print a physical copy for them. It's a great idea to get confirmation that they've obtained the guide, regardless of how you plan to distribute it. If you send the guide by email, ask the occupant to acknowledge receipt and keep a copy of the email in a secure place. If you're printing a hard copy,Create a quick form for them to sign to acknowledge receipt.
What other documents do I need?
- Tenancy Agreement
- Prescribed Information
- Tenancy Deposit Certificate
- A copy of the annual Gas Safety Certificate
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- A copy of the Electrical Installation Condition Report
- Property Inventory and Schedule of Condition