Government Guides on letting, renting and leasing.

July 2018

The government has just published three new  guides intended to assist landlords, tenants and leaseholders. 

The “How to Rent” guide has been updated.   This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process, including:

  • what to look out for before renting

  • living in a rented home

  • what happens at the end of a tenancy

  • what to do if things go wrong

The “How to let” guide is for current and prospective landlords. It explains the responsibilities, legal requirements and best practice for letting a property in the private rented sector.

It is not intended to cover leasehold, holiday lets or ‘resident landlords’ who let to lodgers.

The “How to rent a safe home” guide is for social and private rented sector tenants and explains the main hazards which may make a property unsafe to live in.

It explains tenants’ and landlords’ obligations and how to raise concerns.

The “How to lease” guide is for current and prospective leaseholders and sets out the differences between leasehold and freehold property and the rights, obligations and implications of being a leaseholder.


All the guides can be found via this link.


Jonathan Lynn, Partner at Courtyard Solicitors, is an expert in Landlord and Tenant Law. If you need help with this area of law please send us an email using this link