Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has launched a new on-the-move guide to help private rented sector tenants know their rights.
Encouraging a new generation of well-informed tenants with easy access to useful and understandable information would help root out the small minority of rogues and raise the game of any landlords who don’t know what is expected of them, Mr Hopkins said.
The How to rent guide will help tenants when they’re looking for a new home as it can be viewed on the move on their smartphones and tablets and.
The How to rent guide includes
• advice and information on tenancy deposit schemes, bill payments and tenancy length
• a checklist of what the landlord must provide tenants, including gas certificate and deposit paperwork
• information on the requirements of the landlord to maintain the structure of the property and give tenants at least 24 hours’ notice before entering the property
• the legal requirements for landlords and tenants on ending tenancies and returning deposits
The government has also confirmed plans to require all letting agents to publish a full tariff of their fees – both on their websites and prominently in their offices. Anyone who does not comply with these new rules will face a fine – a much stricter penalty than currently exists.
Click here to download How to rent guide.