How to Rent - what does it mean?



The ‘How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England’ guide is a document published by the government and the latest version is published on their website. It is regularly updated to reflect changes in the law and the housing sector.


The document is a checklist of all the key information which a new tenant needs to be aware of before they start renting. This information includes advice on navigating the private rental market and an explanation of a tenancy agreement. The guide explains the rights and responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant both at the start and throughout the term of the tenancy and contains many useful sources of additional information.


There is a legal requirement for a landlord or letting agent to provide you with a copy of the latest version of this document at the commencement of your tenancy agreement or upon any renewal (if the document has been updated). If the guide is not provided at the commencement of the tenancy then a Section 21 Notice will not be enforceable.