Hello again,

This post will look at the changes to the Section 21 process for new Tenancies from 1 October 2015 under the Deregulation Act 2015, and the myriad of requirements it now places on the Landlord and/or Agent for the notice to be valid. Oh joy.

I must apologise about the length of this post, I take Landlord legal obligations very seriously so please send any complaints to gov.co.uk!

Time sensitive:

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Gas Safety Certificates (GSCs)

Prescribed Information

Retaliatory Eviction

New Section 21 form

If you want the full details of the new Regs or you just enjoy reading you can find the Govt regs here, with some helpful explanatory notes here.

I tried to keep it as simple as I could and hope you made it through, if not you’re probably having a well deserved snooze. In short:

  1. Make sure you or your property letting agent at least send the EPC, Gas safety certificate and up-to-date How to Rent booklets to the Tenant(s) by email no later than the Tenancy start date.
  2. Don’t serve the Section 21 Notice before the 4 month point.
  3. Ensure you respond to and rectify maintenance issues (Landlord legal obligations) within 14 days.
  4. Use the new Section 21 Notice form for all Tenancies starting on or after 1 October 2015.

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