Changes were made regarding Section 21 eviction notices
As it has becoming the norm on the buy to let market, the rules and regulations are continuously changing, making it ever more difficult for landlords to keep up with a web of regulations more complex than ever.
The latest update is coming in the form of a significant change in how landlords can terminate a tenancy agreement.
So far, landlords got used to use form Section 21 to terminate tenancies – not anymore!
Starting 1st October 2018, all buy to let landlords in England and Wales with Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), regardless of their start date, will have to use form 6A.
If before the 1st of October there was a different type of Section 21 to be used, depending on whether the tenancy was fixed-term or periodic, the new form 6A combines the two previous types of Section Notices into a single Notice.
Any landlord wishing to terminate a tenancy under what previous was known as Section 21, must use the new form 6A effective immediately.
Are you a landlord? Then you must read the below summary!
If you are a landlord and you are looking to terminate a tenancy under what previously was known as Section 21, you must remember the following rules:
- Under the Deregulation Act 2015, landlords wishing to issue their tenants with a Section 21 Notice (now form 6A) should ensure they have shared the ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’ guide with tenants;
- Landlords must also make sure the property has an up to date Gas Safety Certificate and the tenants have seen it;
- Landlords must publish the property’s Energy Performance Certificate (except when the property isn’t required to have one);
- Landlords must inform tenants which scheme their deposit is protected in;
- Landlords must inform tenants where the property is licensed and provide a copy of the licence to all of the tenants.
Source: Force 10 Property Management