Why Is There Two ‘How to Rent’ Guides Included in the Builder?
We have pondered this for a few days and decided to play it safe and include both the January 2018 version of the How to Rent Guide in addition to the currently published one.
This is because the regulations are quite specific that the guide given to tenants must be the one as published by the Department for Communities and Local Government, that has effect for the time being.
The January 2018 version is the current version published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
At the time of writing, the current one available to download is a July 2018 version but that is published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government which is a legally distinct department of the government.
It’s therefore unclear at this moment which guide should be provided – January 2018 or July 2018.
We have therefore decided to play it safe for the time being and include both leaflets especially given the serious penalty for a failure to provide the correct How to Rent guide.
Our article discussing the problem in more detail is available here and for a detailed explanation about the legal distinction between the departments, please see here.