Landlords face hefty costs for not providing How to Rent guide to tenants
Posted Sunday 1 July 2018 - 14:00pm by Trust Audit
A number of buy-to-let landlords who failed to provide tenants with a copy of a ‘How to Rent’ guide – a checklist for renting in England, now face the prospect of unnecessary and costly legal battles when trying to evict tenants.
Many landlords are failing to comply with new rules governing Section 21 Notices introduced on 1 October 2015.
If a landlord gives a new tenancy or a replacement tenancy from October 1st 2015 onwards, they need to comply with the prescribed information requirements for the new Section 21 form.
As part of this, landlords must provide at the outset of the original tenancy an up to date version of the How to rent: A checklist for renting in England.
You can either provide renters with a printed copy, or send a digital version of the pamphlet by email.
Many landlords are failing to comply with the requirements of the new rules simply because they are not providing tenants with the correct information at the right time.
For example, any landlord that fails to provide tenants with a copy of the Government's How to Rent leaflet are now in breach of the regulations, meaning they can't issue a Section 21 Notice to reclaim possession of their property.
Thousands of landlords are incurring sizeable and unnecessary legal expenses when tenants challenge their eviction notice through the courts.”