With more and more people moving into rented accommodation, the government has put into law better protection for tenants. The law also provides landlords greater clarification on their responsibilities.
The provisions as outlined below that came into effect for England on 1 October 2015 will apply to all tenancies from 1 October 2018 and not just new tenancies or renewals:
- Requirement to have given an EPC in order to serve section 21 notice
- Requirement to have given a gas safety record in order to serve Section 21 notice (no fault)
- Government introduced a new standard form that landlords must use when evicting a tenant under the ‘no fault’ (section 21) procedure (form 6A)
- No longer need to expire section 21 “after last day of a period”
- Section 21 cannot be served for first four months and can no longer be used from six months after service
- Apportioned rent rules after service of section 21 notice
- Retaliatory eviction provisions
Note that the providing of the How to Rent Guide is excluded from the list and is not required for tenancies before 1 October 2015 unless renewed after.
Call us at Hall and Thompson (01827 425195) – Tamworth if you’d like some extra information on letting your property. Thanks