A specialist insurance firm claims that only 17 per cent of tenants receive the latest version of the mandatory How To Rent booklet when they begin their tenancies.
However, the claim is made on the basis of an extremely small survey of only 100 tenants who began their tenancies on or after October 1 2015.
Even so, Cover4LetProperty claims this leaves landlords open to considerable risk.
“Landlords need to be aware of their obligations relating to the How To Rent guide under the new Section 21 legislation that came in to force in October 2015. Failure to comply means they typically will not be able to issue a Section 21 notice and terminate a tenancy legally” says Richard Burgess, the firm’s director.
“This is worrying. If landlords in England don’t issue this guide, then they are not complying with the new Section 21 legislation” he adds.
“The guide can be in hard form or electronically, but it must be given” according to Burgess.