Landlords, leaseholders and tenants will be provided with vital information on their rights and responsibilities thanks to new online rental guides published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
These guides form a key part of government’s continuing crackdown on poor practice by a minority of landlords and agents in the private rented and leasehold sectors. As part of government’s commitment to ensure everyone has a decent, safe place to live, the ‘how to’ guides include checklists for new and existing tenants, landlords and letting agents to ensure they are complying with their legal responsibilities.
Published on GOV.UK the guides have been produced in partnership with landlord, tenant and letting and managing agent groups, professional bodies and local housing authorities and aim to drive up living standards in the sector.
The ‘how to’ series comprises:
Nine industry bodies joined forces to produce short, consumer guides about leasehold. A mini-series of 12 free guides set out ‘who is who’ in leasehold ownership and explains the basics to buyers and owners of leasehold properties.
Buyers and owners of leasehold properties are not clear how leasehold works and who is responsible for what. IRPM, in conjunction with other organisations have written simple, practical guides for consumers so they can make informed decisions when buying and living in their leasehold homes. Each sheet comes with a helpful glossary of terms to help de-mystify the tenure.
New buyers of leasehold properties are encouraged to download the guides. Estate agents should find them particularly useful to hand out to potential buyers, helping the agent to comply with the Consumer Protection Regulations, where they are required by law to provide ‘material information’ to buyers at the earliest opportunity.
The six guides are: