For any landlord signing a new AST, the How to rent leaflet is a essential part of the Start of tenancies necessities that must be served. 

What so many landlords get wrong is providing the same old downloaded version they have been giving out for years.

It is essential that you provide the most recent copy each time, and we strongly recommend deleting those saved copies in favour of downloading a fresh version each time you need one!

October sees yet another updated version being released: How to rent: the checklist for renting in England - GOV.UK (

Not immediately obvious to that passing eye, the new version of the Guide incorporates changes detailed below; 

  • Including links to new Check how to get repairs done in your home pages. This online tool gives you tailored information about getting problems fixed in your rented home. You’ll also find out what to do if your landlord or letting agent is not responding to requests for repairs.