What is a How to Rent Guide?
A How to Rent Guide is for people who are about to rent a property on an assured shorthold tenancy. This guide outlines the rights and responsibilities a tenant as well as the rights and responsibilities for a landlord and agent when letting out a property. Within the guide, there are key questions and information that can be useful for a tenant. For example, one of the questions asks whether you are entitled to Housing Benefit or Universal Credit as a tenant could be entitled to receiving help when paying rent. The guide provides a checklist which ensures that the tenant is on top of the process of renting a property and has the correct information and documents for their landlord or agent.
The government's How to Rent Guide provides free advice and support on what to do if things go wrong. For example, if the property is in an unsafe condition and the landlord has refused to repair it, you can contact the local authority as they have the power to make landlords deal with any health and safety hazards. There is also extra information to help direct tenants towards advice about money, gas and electrical safety.
It is vital that all landlords provide their tenants with a copy of a How to Rent Guide at the beginning of a new tenancy. This guide helps both the landlord and tenant to build a positive relationship as both people will be aware of their rights and responsibilities during a tenancy.
To find out further information on How to Rent Guide, please visit the following link:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/821379/6.5707_MHCLG_How_to_Rent_v4.pdf