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Private Rented Housing

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd March 2017.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to improve awareness for tenants in the private rental sector of their rights and responsibilities as tenants.

Photo of Gavin Barwell Gavin Barwell Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing, Planning and London)

The Government has published ‘How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England’ to help tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities when renting a property in the private rented sector. This can be accessed online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent. The guide provides detailed information on each stage of the renting process, including how to get help if things go wrong.

The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 made it a requirement for landlords to supply a copy of the ‘How to Rent Guide’ to tenants in relation to an assured shorthold tenancy of a dwelling-house in England granted on or after 1st October 2015. The Department recommends that this document is given at the start of a new tenancy. If this document is not supplied, landlords are not able to evict tenants using a Section 21 notice.

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