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Latest news for the private rented sector

Updated how to rent guide

A new How to Rent guide has been released by the Government.

Landlords in England are reminded they MUST serve this version at the start of any new tenancy or renewal (when a statutory periodic tenancy).

Understanding the possession action process: A guide for private landlords

This guide is for people who are letting a house, flat or any part thereof in England to tenants in the private rented sector while living in another property. This guide is focused on landlords letting to tenants on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy or an Assured Tenancy.

This guide will help you to understand what rights and responsibilities you have as a landlord when you need to use the courts to take possession of your property.

This guide does not cover leasehold, those who are on a licence to occupy (for example, those who do not have an exclusive right to occupy a property, or who live in tied accommodation related to their employment), holiday lets or ‘resident landlords’ who let to lodgers.

Rental reform - new deal for private renters published by the Government

In June 2022, the Government published its ‘A Fairer Private Rented Sector’ White Paper, which sets out its long-term vision for the private rented sector: 

Rental reform: What happens next?

Guide to the Renters (Reform) Bill

Tenancy ready guide

Our financial inclusion team have produced a handy guide that will be useful for any new or current tenants.

The Step into your Tenancy information will help guide you through setting up your bills and planning your budget so that you can be as ready as possible to move in, enjoy your home and not worry about getting into arrears or debt with your bills.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations

The Government has now published legislation that will amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 from 1 October 2022.

What you need to know: Smoke and CO alarms in properties.

Right to Rent rules in place from 6 April

From 6 April 2022, changes to Right to Rent legislation will come into force, affecting checks for some groups of tenants.  

You can see the draft guidance which will come into force from 6 April 2022 on the GOV.UK website and an article from the NRLA - New Right to Rent rules in place from 6 April | NRLA.

Rogue Landlord Database

The rogue landlord database records landlords and agents that are subject to a banning order or have committed a banning order offence.

Only local authorities can make entries to the database and can see who is listed on the current rogue landlord database. This is used for example to check before we provided funding for clients to secure accommodation.

Last updated Thursday, 3rd August 2023

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