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Government updates How to Rent Guide and Form 6a

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The Government has launched an updated version of How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England as well as a new Form 6a relating to the Housing Act 1988, Section 21. These coincided with the introduction of the new Tenants Fee Act 2019 on 1st June 2019.

This means that from today, when tenancies start or are renewed, all landlords and lettings agent must issue the updated version of the How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England.

How to Rent guide and Section 21 

Unless an up to date version of the How to Rent guide has been provided to the tenant, landlords cannot use the Section 21 (no fault) eviction procedure. 

ARLA Propertymark reminds landlords and letting agents wishing to serve their tenants with a Section 21, or ‘no fault’ eviction must: 

  • make sure they have issued the latest version of How to rent guide either as a hard copy or digitally;
  • where required, issue the property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC);
  • provide the Prescribed Information relating to the protection of their deposit (which must be protected);
  • provide an up to date Gas Safety Certificate;
  • in licenced properties, give all of the property’s tenants a copy of the licence.

For the eviction notice to stand, all of these documents are legally required to be the most up-to-date versions.