How To Rent Guide Launched By Government

Thursday, June 19, 2014
How To Rent Guide Launched By Government

How To Rent Guide Launched By Government

New How To Rent Guide Provides PRS Tenants
With Information On Rental Rights And Responsibilities

Government housing minister Kris Hopkins has announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have launched a How To Rent Guide to give tenants in the private rental sector (PRS), information on rental rights that all PRS tenants need to know.

Mr Hopkins said that the guide is intended to encourage more private rented sector tenants to understand their rights by providing easy access to useful and understandable information.

This guide is designed to help tenants to understand what questions to ask landlords and letting agents and provides information on tenant rights and responsibilities in order to help create a more positive relationship with landlords.

Although the guide does not go so far as to include information on tenant referencing or rent protection insurance policies it is intended improve landlords operational efficiency as well as helping the establishment root out the small minority of rogue landlords and improve knowledge on liabilities and responsibilities of any landlords who don’t know exactly what is expected of them in relation to operating rental property businesses.

UK PRS landlords should always operate within the boundaries of whatever legislation that the Government deem is necessary and they are being encouraged to read the guide themselves to ensure that they understand what is expected from them under the current legislation.

The guide can be downloaded here.The guide’s launch is supported by the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) and is part of the Government’s broad remit to provide clarity and fairness for the current property rental system to ensure that UK’s 9 Million PRS tenants have enough knowledge to hold their landlord to account, when necessary, without having to introduce new regulations which could prove to be excessive and result in unqualified rent rises by landlords and the reduction of tenant choice.

President of ARLA, Susan Fitz-Gibbon, said: “Embarking on renting a property can often be a daunting time for people, with would be tenants sometimes expected to make a quick decision, provide extensive information and sign numerous documents before their dream home is snapped up by someone else. The DCLG guide will hopefully make the rental process smoother for tenants and offers simple and straightforward guidance for prospective tenants who are looking to rent properties in the UK’s private rented sector, empowering them to make informed decisions.”

The British Property Federation (BPF) contributed greatly to the guide’s content alongside a number of other relevant housing and property rental organisations.

The BPF were happy to provide some of the content as it supports their aim of improving the UK’s private rental sector.

By providing tenants with clear information from before the start of a tenancy until after a tenancy has ended, the guide could help landlords save a great deal of time and expense by setting tenant rights and responsibilities out clearly.

BPF Policy Director, Ian Fletcher, said: “As people find it increasingly difficult to get a foot on the property ladder and the number of tenant’s increases year-on-year, it is important for tenants to be properly equipped to deal with the rental market. The majority of landlords offer a good quality, professional service for tenants, but the complexity of letting a property can provide fertile ground for those who seek to exploit the unwary. Ensuring that tenants are aware of what they should expect from a tenancy is an important step in making sure that the rental market operates at a high standard.”

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