The Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins, has today launched a new guide for private rented sector tenants titled How to rent: the checklist for renting in England.

According to a press release issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government Mr Hopkins has said that this will help encourage a new generation of tenants to have easy access to understandable and useful information when renting property in England.

According to DCLG, the new how to rent guide will help tenants during a time whilst looking for property to rent as it can be viewed on smartphones and tablets. The guide includes:

  • information and advice on tenancy deposit schemes, tenancy length and bill payments
  • a checklist of what the landlord must provide tenants, including gas certificate and deposit paperwork
  • information on the requirements of the landlord to maintain the structure of the property and give tenants at least 24 hours’ notice before entering the property
  • the legal requirements for landlords and tenants on ending tenancies and returning deposits

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said:

“This government is turning up the heat on the small minority of rogue landlords that are not playing by the rules and giving tenants a rough deal. The new ‘How to rent’ guide will give tenants the knowledge they need at their fingertips and help raise the game of landlords who may not know what is expected of them. We are doing all of this without the need for excessive state regulation that would destroy investment in new housing, push up prices and make it far harder for people to find a flat or house to rent.”