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Tenant information checklist

Tenant information checklist

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England & Wales

Before the tenancy starts you must give the tenant a copy of 'How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England', published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (as well as an Energy Performance Certificate and a gas safety certificate).

How to Rent Checklist

The checklist is a guide to help tenants understand their rights and responsibilities; it doesn't form part of the tenancy agreement. You must give the tenant the version that's current at the tenancy start date – if the publication is updated during the tenancy, you don't have to give the tenant an updated version.

You must have given the tenant this checklist (as well as an Energy Performance Certificate and a gas safety certificate) before you can use the accelerated possession procedure – see Accelerated possession procedure. This does not apply to tenancies that started on or before 30 September 2015 before this requirement came into effect.

Scotland

You must provide the tenant with specified information (as well as an Energy Performance Certificate and a gas safety certificate).

If you use the Scottish Government's model agreement you must give the tenant the Easy Read Notes for the Scottish Government Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement. These notes are available on the gov.scot website. If you use the online model agreement the notes are automatically provided.

If you do not use the model agreement you must give the tenant a copy of the Private Residential Tenancy Statutory Terms Supporting Notes which gives information on the nine statutory terms.

You must also give the written tenancy terms – for more about what it must include see Written versus oral agreements

Note: Before 1 December 2017, to create a short assured tenancy, you had to serve an AT5 form and give the tenants the Tenant Information Pack. This is no longer required for a private residential tenancy.

Northern Ireland

There's no specific checklist that you must provide. But you must give the tenant an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and a gas safety certificate before the tenancy start date.

You must also give the tenant these documents within 28 days of the tenancy start date:

  • A certificate of fitness (if required for the type of property) – see Housing standards
  • A written statement of tenancy terms – for more about what it must include see Written versus oral agreements
  • An inventory of furnishings and fittings
  • A rent book