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News: The UK Government Releases Updated ‘How to Rent Guide’

October 2, 2023

At Portus Lets Ltd, we believe in keeping our clients well-informed and up-to-date with the latest developments in the world of property management and lettings. Today, we are sharing some important news regarding the recent release of an updated version of the ‘How to Rent Guide’ by the UK government.


What is the ‘How to Rent Guide’?

The ‘How to Rent Guide’ is an invaluable resource for both tenants and landlords in the UK. It is a comprehensive document that provides essential information on the rights and responsibilities of both parties involved in a tenancy agreement. Whether you’re a seasoned landlord or a tenant searching for a new place to call home, this guide is a must-read.


The guide outlines key aspects of the renting process, including:

  1. Tenancy Types: Understanding the different types of tenancies available and their implications.
  2. Tenant’s Rights: An overview of a tenant’s legal rights and protections.
  3. Landlord’s Responsibilities: Outlining the responsibilities that landlords must fulfill.
  4. Renting Safely: Information on how to avoid rental scams and ensure safe, legitimate tenancies.
  5. Tenancy Agreements: Guidance on how to create and understand tenancy agreements.
  6. Deposits: Information about deposit protection schemes and deposit return procedures.
  7. Ending a Tenancy: Procedures for ending a tenancy, including notice periods and eviction processes.
  8. Complaints and Disputes: How to handle disagreements and disputes during a tenancy.


What’s New in the Updated Version?

The latest version of the ‘How to Rent Guide,’ released today on October 2, 2023, comes with several important updates designed to reflect changes in the rental landscape and to provide even more clarity to both tenants and landlords.

  1. Legislative Changes: The guide has been updated to include the most recent legislative changes in the UK rental market. This ensures that all information provided is accurate and compliant with current laws and regulations.
  2. Renting in a Post-Pandemic World: The updated guide addresses the unique challenges and considerations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on temporary eviction bans, rent arrears, and changes in eviction procedures.
  3. Enhanced Tenant Protections: The revised guide places a stronger emphasis on tenant rights and protections, providing tenants with a clearer understanding of their legal entitlements and safeguards against unfair practices.
  4. Digital Resources: In response to the increasing use of technology in the rental process, the guide now includes information on digital resources and tools available to both tenants and landlords for smoother and more efficient renting experiences.
  5. Sustainability and Energy Efficiency: Recognizing the growing importance of sustainability, the updated guide provides information on energy-efficient housing and initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of rental properties.


How to Access the Updated Guide

The latest version of the ‘How to Rent Guide’ is available for free on the official government website. You can download a copy here.

If you have any questions or need further assistance with your property management or rental needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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