The publication of the much awaited How to Rent Guide has been delayed by civil servants at the Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

An updated version of the renting checklist – which must be issued by both letting agents and landlords to new tenants or those renewing – was due to be published this morning and was expected to include small revisions such as new information on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 and changes to the Code of Practice on Right to Rent Civil Penalty Scheme for landlords and their agents.

DLUHC spokesperson tells The Neg that “it is important that we provide accurate and information guidance to landlords and tenants – we are working closely with the sector to produce updated versions of our ‘how to rent’ and ‘how to let’ guides and expect final versions to be published shortly”.

Phillip Ilic, Property Management Director at Bath-based Property Link Estates, commented: “According to this latest guide published today dated December 2020 we are still in an outbreak of the COVID Pandemic!

“Better get our masks and sterile gloves back on before handing out a copy to today’s tenants that are moving in.


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