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A series of online guides have been launched in the UK to help renters
and leaseholders to know their rights and include checklists for new and
existing tenants, landlords and letting agents.
Housing Minister Heather Wheeler said that landlords, leaseholders and
tenants will be armed with vital information on their rights and
She explained that the guides form a key part of government’s continuing
crackdown on poor practice by a minority of landlords and agents in the
private rented and leasehold sectors.
Evidence shows that Citizens Advice helped 65,000 private renters with more than 100,000 problems about their tenancy in 2017.
Published on gov.co.uk, the guides have been produced in partnership
with landlord, tenant and letting and managing agent groups,
professional bodies and local housing authorities and aim to drive up
living standards in the sector.
The How to let guide aims to help private landlords learn more about
their key legal responsibilities and best practice when letting a
property, including how to protect tenancy deposits, carry out gas
safety checks and install smoke and carbon dioxide alarms.
The How to Lease guide gives leaseholders information about their unique
set of rights and responsibilities. For example, a managing agent or
landlord could be responsible for running a leaseholder’s block or
estate but the leaseholder does have a say in how they do it.
How to Rent a Safe Home helps current and prospective tenants identify
potential unsafe conditions in rented properties. It gives tenants an
overview of the most common hazards to look out for in rented
properties, including gas and electrical safety, damp and mould and
trips and falls hazards, and how they should report dangerous
The final guide in the series, How to Rent, has been updated from a previous one, providing
a step by step process to renting privately. Tenants can learn how to
challenge poor practice and understand private landlords’ legal
obligations. It is a legal requirement for all landlords to provide
their tenants with this document.
‘Every day across the country thousands of people move house, from young
people leaving home for the first time, to those relocating after years
in the same property. Whatever the circumstance, we want to ensure
renters, landlords and leaseholders are armed with information so they
know their rights, responsibilities and can challenge poor behaviour,’
‘The guides will be reviewed in light of any new legislation to ensure
tenants, landlords and leaseholders are supplied with up to date
information,’ she added.
‘We have already announced our intention to require private landlords to
belong to a redress scheme, and that we will require all letting agents
to be regulated and belong to a client money protection scheme in order
to practice,’ she added.
The consultation on ways to make redress more accessible and effective
across housing closed on 16 April and a response is expected in due
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