The government’s How to Rent Guide has been updated. The changes are trivial – the removal of the references to the London Mayor’s London Rental Standard, which was abolished 6 months ago. But the change is important because an AST landlord has to serve a copy of the Guide on each new tenant, and if they don’t do so then they can’t serve a s21 notice. The new version is available here. It took effect on 17th January 2018, and if you serve the old version (very similar) then it is invalid.
So get it right if you are a landlord, and check your landlord has got it right if you are a tenant (or advising either of them).
The new booklet has to be served on every new tenant, and on every tenant whose fixed-term tenancy converts to a statutary periodical one, or who is granted a fresh fixed-term tanancy, if the booklet has changed in any way since the original copy was supplied. Until the landlord does this they can’t serve a valid s21 notice.
Cynical landlords may also serve the current version on any tenants shortly before they serve a s21 noticeanyway, just to be sure (don’t do it at the same time – that won’t work).
All a load of nonsense really, as there are likely to be more changes in the booklet soon to take account of other changes in housing law, but there we are. Job done.