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  • Property-a-holics

    The How to Rent booklet has changed....again!



    Hi,

    As you will probably know, the 'How to Rent' booklet that must be given to tenants when they sign a tenancy was updated on 26 June 2018. Many diligent landlords and agents will have downloaded the latest PDF booklet to provide copies to their tenants as and when required.

    But with little or no fanfare, the booklet has been updated again! The change took place on 6 July and the booklet now has a new title and another slight alteration, although it is still being referred to as the 26 June edition. This is important as the old version may not have been valid due to errors in the title - it's a long story to explain.

    For people who want to find out how and why this happened, you can read my blog here: http://bit.ly/2Neh8jj

    In the meantime, it is vital that you delete copies of the original 26 June booklet and download the latest (amended) booklet from the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent

    Regards

    Richard

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    Richard Tacagni MCIEH CEnvH

    Managing Director

    London Property Licensing

    Email: Richard@londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

    www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

    This information is intended as general advice and guidance. It is not legal advice and should not be taken or relied upon as such. No liability can be accepted for any reliance on the information published in this response. You may wish to obtain independent legal advice.

    Thanks Richard. Looks like I was correct in your other thread when I said (iirc) it would be updated weekly!

    I will download and email to the tenants.

    I look forward to your next updated post with another version next Monday ;->

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    Am I right in thinking that when serving a section 21 notice this is now the ONLY version which the tenant must receive at the same time, which would make your section 21 notice correct and valid?

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    Do we need to issue revised versions to existing tenants for their information?

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    Rachel 

    "Change is a prerequisite to longterm survival".

    The establishment is rigged so that the rich stay very rich, and the poor get poorer.

    Only if you gave the tenants the version between 26 June and 6 July. (Or if there is a new 'replacement' tenancy starting - new fixed term or statutory periodic.)


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    Giles Peaker

    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Thank you

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    Rachel 

    "Change is a prerequisite to longterm survival".

    The establishment is rigged so that the rich stay very rich, and the poor get poorer.

    Hi Giles,

    I did provide the 26/6/18 version to my tenants and will email them this new copy. Is there any reason not to email them the new version each time it comes out?

    Thanks,

    Adam

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    Giles

    If you gave a new tenant a How to Rent booklet version 26th June before the 6th July why do you now need to give them the new updated version

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    Landlords cannot use the section 21 (no fault) eviction procedure unless an up-to-date version of this guide has been provided to the tenant.

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    But they were given an up to date version when they signed the AST

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    And that is correct.... the point is when you do come to serve a s21 in  the future you must ensure the tenant has the most up to date version at that time.  It may be the version you have now given to your tenants is not the current one at that time

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