Landlords Beware! New Presribed Form for Section 21 Notices

Landlords Beware! New Presribed Form for Section 21 Notices

Like other changes, these requirements will come into force from 1 October 2015.  It will affect all Assured Shorthold Tenancies created on or after that date.  Failure to comply will make possession delayed if not unlikely for a landlord:

>Certain prescribed information as well as a Government booklet must be given to the tenant before any section 21 notice can be provided;

>A landlord will be unable to serve a valid section 21 notice until such time as the property has met certain standards including its condition, the occupiers' health and safety and the property's energy efficiency; and

>A new section 21 notice in a prescribed form needs to be properly served on all tenants.

Remember, landlords will still also have to be able to satisfy current legal requirements in relation to any deposit taken.

These changes do not currently affect statutory tenancies e.g. where tenancies have "rolled over".

To be able to obtain possession at the earliest opportunity and avoid what can often be costly mistakes, we recommend landlords be vigilant regarding the many changes to this area of law.  Here at Garratts Solicitors, our General Litigation Team are happy to assist and guide you as much or as little as you need.  Contact us today on 0161 665 3502.

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