This entry is part 13 of 21 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

You should always make the rent payable calendar monthly even if the tenant is to receive housing benefit / Universal Credit. Where the rent is payable weekly, a rent book in the prescribed form must be provided.

Section 4 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requires the rent book or similar document to be provided and section 5 describes what information must be contained. The rent book must contain the name and address of the landlord plus other information as prescribed. Where the tenancy is an assured shorthold tenancy, a prescribed form must be used.

The prescribed form that must be used is that contained in the The Rent Book (Forms of Notice) Regulations 1982 which have been amended several times, most recently in 1993 for England and 2014 for Wales.

A failure to provide a rent book is a criminal offence as is the demanding of rent without a rent book having been given. Section 7 outlines the various offences and penalties.

The easiest place to obtain a rent book is a stationers such as WH Smith.

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