British Government Accused of Trying to ‘Trip’ Landlords Up After New ‘How to Rent’ Guide Published

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Leicester’s leading online letting agent has accused the British Government, namely the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government of deliberately attempting to force landlords to forfeit their legal rights under the Housing Acts and destroy the private rented sector as we know it.

Harry Albert Lettings & Estates claim it is “outrageous” that the Government has released another ‘How to Rent‘ guide in less than a fortnight since their previous publication which is now void and if served upon a tenant instead of the latest July edition, will render landlords unable to apply for possession of their property at the end of a fixed term using the accelerated possession procedure.

The ‘How to Rent‘ guide released today (9th July 2018) looks identical to the previous version with the only visible change to the cover is the date-stamp on the inside which has been updated to July 2018 when just yesterday, it read June 2018.

How to Rent Front Cover
How to Rent front cover is identical in both June 2018 and July 2018 with no notification to landlords of the new release.

The Leicester letting agent present absolute contempt for the Government and the fact there has been no notice given to the private rented sector that there was going to be or has been a change and instead it is up to agents like themselves who are on the ball to inform landlords of the latest changes.  They claim the government has done this deliberately and in a “blatant attempt to prevent landlords from being able to exercise their legal rights under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and 1996.” The continue;

Now, it is more important than ever that landlords instruct a vigilant managing agent like ourselves to manage their properties. This one nearly flew right under the radar.

The full post, shared on Facebook, can be seen below:

The guide which must be given to tenants at the start of their tenancy, within 30 days of the tenancy agreement being signed as part of what is known as “prescribed information” which includes copies of various documents, including EPC certificates, gas safety records and deposit protection information, 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, and;
  • what to do if things go wrong.

So, it makes you wonder why the government has kept quiet about the update. Here at Leicester Property Insight, we are almost certain that we are actually the first news/media outlet who has reported on the new ‘How to Rent’ guide which can be downloaded from the government website here: We have verified the claims and accusations by Harry Albert Lettings & Estates to be truthful.

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