The new AST rules mean landlords must provide tenants with some basic information. Check the government factsheet 'How to Rent: The checklist for renting in England'.
AST RULES: Landlords in the United Kingdom must now provide:
These new rules are extra and amended requirements. It is part of the new rules for Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreements.
But, failure to provide this information to the tenant may prevent the landlord from serving a valid s.21 notice. That is the notice to get possession at the end of the term.
Appending a signed factsheet, gas safety certificate, and energy performance certificate to the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement at the start of the term may be a wise move.
It will help avoid any future complications proving that the information was not actually provided to the tenant.
This guide is for people who are looking for a house or flat to rent. But, you should always check the most current version on the government website.
The 'Government Checklist for Renting in England' covers:
An assured shorthold tenancy (AST) is the most common type of rental agreements. Signing it means that you are entering into a contractual arrangement.
It gives a tenant and a landlord some important rights. But, it also means both parties have some responsibilities.
The guide helps you understand what questions to ask and what rights you have. You must be clear on the responsibilities that you have.
It also helps to create a positive relationship between the tenant and the landlord. It is important to know how to get help if things go wrong.
Renting a home sometimes feels like you need to make a quick decision. You should never sign documents until you have had time to think about them.
Thus, a landlord must provide their tenant with a copy of this booklet. It allows the renter to use the checklist, keep it safe, and get protection from problems at every stage.
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