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New ‘How to Rent: a checklist for renting in England’

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

What landlords must do to comply at the beginning of new tenancies



Landlords in England are reminded that they must provide the latest version of the ‘How to Rent: a checklist for renting in England’ guide to their tenants when starting, renewing or updating existing tenancies.

This guide is mandatory for landlords in England to provide to their tenants when starting or renewing a tenancy, as it forms part of the prescribed information they must issue and failure to do so could result in loss of the right to repossess with Section 21.



The guide is for people who are renting a home privately under an assured short hold tenancy, either direct from a landlord or through a letting agency. Most of it will equally apply if tenants are in a shared property but, in certain cases, their rights and responsibilities will vary.

The guide does not cover lodgers (people who live with their landlord) or people with licences (such as many property guardians) – nor tenants where the property is not their main or only home.



The updated guide includes information on installing carbon monoxide alarms, Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) and smart meters, as well as details on suitable provisions for tenants with disabilities.


The ‘How to rent: A checklist for renting in England’ covers:

  • Assured shorthold tenancies

  • Before you start

  • Looking for your new home

  • When you’ve found a place

  • Living in your rented home

  • At the end of the fixed period

  • If things go wrong

Further sources of information The new versions of the ‘How to Rent and How to Let’ guides are available on the website.



No one-size-fits-all when it comes to buy-to-let mortgages. There are various types of mortgages, such as a fixed rate or tracker rate mortgage.

To find out more:

Cedar Crest Ltd – telephone UK T: +44 (0) 203 883 1017,

HK T: +852 6645 4462 – email

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments.

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