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Renters, landlords and homeowners – do you know your rights?

New housing guidance published

Landlords, leaseholders and renters can now get better information on their rights from the government’s new online advice guides about the housing sector.

The guides form a key part of government’s efforts to curtail poor practice among landlords and agents in the private rented and leasehold sectors.

In 2017 Citizens Advice dealt with more than 100,000 private rental issues from private renters.

The how-to guides published on GOV.UK today cover:

  • How to let
  • How to lease
  • How to rent a safe home
  • How to rent

Each includes checklists, advice and information on rights for tenants, landlords and letting agents.

Our guides on your home buying and selling rights, landlord rights and tenant rights can safeguard against potential problems and help when things go wrong.

Guidance for landlords

The government’s new how to let guide aims to help private landlords in England with best practice and rights.

It outlines what landlords should do before letting a property, including information on tax obligations and additional responsibilities if their property will be a house of multiple occupation (HMO).

London, UK - April 8, 2017 - To Let property agency sign posted outside English terraced houses in Poplar, East London

It also gives further advice on safety requirements, setting up the tenancy, landlord responsibilities, what happens at the end of a tenancy and what to do if things go wrong.

It’s important to know your rights in the event of a dispute or a problem. Our guides can help you find out all you need to know about your rights as a landlord.

Guidance for leaseholders

The government’s new how to lease guide for leaseholders spells out the key differences between freehold and leasehold and things to consider before purchasing a leasehold property.

The guide also covers leaseholder rights, including landlord responsibilities and steps leaseholders can take when things go wrong.

If you’re planning on buying a new build property, we explain what you can expect and your rights to redress if you discover problems with your new build.

We recently covered the leasehold scandal rocking the new homes industry, which covers new leasehold homeowners trapped in unsellable properties.

If you’re concerned by ground rent clauses in leasehold properties or a doubling ground rent on the lease of your home, we explain what you can do as a leaseholder.

Guidance for tenants

The how to rent guide is an update to the government’s established guide for renters in England.

The guide offers information on what to look for before you start renting, what to check once you’ve found a place, your responsibilities as a tenant and what to do if things go wrong.

Landlords and letting agents are legally required to provide their tenants with this guide, but don’t currently need to do this before the tenant has signed the tenancy agreement.

Damp on living room wall

The government’s new guide on how to rent a safe home for current and prospective tenants in England offers a more detailed explanation of the main hazards you should watch out for in a rental property.

The guide also explains the landlord’s duties and what tenants can do if they have concerns or need to make a complaint.

Our guides can help you find out all you need to know about your rights as a tenant, including what to do if your landlord won’t return your security deposit and your tenant rights if you’re living in a house with damp issues.

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