*WARNING* The Government issue “How to Rent Guide” with incorrect date stamp

Gosh, it’s good to be back. It’s been a while since my last post and so much has happened in that time; I hate being away from the blog and sharing all the industry and local news. Undoubtedly the biggest reason for the gap in my posts has been that I was involved in a car accident which resulted in surgery and quite a long period of recovery. I’m doing really well now and want to acknowledge all the fabulous NHS staff who helped me throughout the trauma and my recovery period. Until you experience something so unnerving, I don’t think you can have a true appreciation for this fantastic institution that serves us all so well. 

Anyway, this is just a quick post to say that I am back. And I have so much news to share with you over the coming weeks. No doubt Bojo taking the head of the country’s role will bring for some interesting news, not least because of the looming Brexit deadline. 

For now, I wanted to highlight a massive error in a published Government document. The latest How to Rent Guide was updated on 7th August but the document itself is still dated 31st May at the bottom of page 2. This is confusing and unfortunate as the guide has never been more prominent. The reason being that it is essential for landlords to issue the new version, in order to retain rights to issue a Section 21 notice, should it be required. 

So this is a cautionary warning. From what I can see the document is updated but the date stamp of May 2019 is confusing. And if we (landlords) issue tenants with the wrong one, it is possible that we may lose our rights to evict tenants. As I’ve covered previously, Section 21 eviction rights are lost if you don’t serve tenants the How to Rent Guide properly. You have to have evidentiary proof that you’ve shown it and that the recipient understood it, along with other key documentation such as gas safety certificates, deposit protection scheme terms and conditions, and an EPC. Failure to produce such proof will prevent you from reclaiming your property – easily at least.

The legal minefield of regulations are never ending and it’s disappointing that the government continue to put all these barriers in the way of prudent and conscientious landlords, yet fail to administer the appropriate documentation. If you need any help or advice on what is required of you as a landlord, I’m more than happy to offer free advice and guidance. It may sound self serving but the more good landlords we have, the less stringent measure will be issued which restrict us from enjoying a booming market. So if you want some advice, give me a call on 07944 726676 or email me at hasan@home-share.co.uk



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