From 1st October 2018 changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords in England.
This will require all Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), regardless of their start date, to comply with guidelines as to when and how a landlord can serve a Section 21 Notice, which enables them to terminate a tenancy agreement.
CHANGES TO SECTION 21 NOTICES
When issuing a Section 21 Notice, landlords and agents will now be required to use Form 6A. The form, prescribed by Government, combines the two previous types of Notices into a single Notice for both periodic and fixed-term tenancies. Therefore, landlords and agents should stop using their existing Notices from next Monday.
In addition, under the Deregulation Act 2015, landlords and agents wishing to issue their tenants with a Section 21 Notice should:
- Ensure they have shared the How to rent: the checklist for renting in England guide with tenants;
- Make sure the property has an up to date Gas Safety Certificate and the tenants have seen it;
- Publish the property’s Energy Performance Certificate (except when the property isn’t required to have one);
- Inform tenants which scheme their deposit is protected in;
- Where the property is licensed, provide a copy of the licence to all the tenants.
There are hundreds of pieces of government legislation, as a landlord, you have to adhere to. If you find any of this complicated, have a question or simply wish to find out more then please contact NGU Homelettings on 0191 491 0344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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