Important new changes to the Landlord and Tenant Section 21 Notices

Please be aware of the new provisions relating to S21 Notices which came into force on 1stOctober 2015. 

The main changes are (which apply to new assured shorthold tenancies entered into on or after 1stOctober 2015) :-

  1. There is a new prescribed form of Notice.
  2. You cannot now serve this Notice at the start of a tenancy. With limited exceptions you cannot serve a S21 Notice earlier than 4 months from the start of a tenancy.
  3. It must be used for possession proceedings within 6 months of being served or it becomes redundant.
  4. You are no longer required to serve a notice ending on the last day of a period of tenancy where the tenancy is periodic.
  5. S21 Notices are not valid if there is no compliance with Energy Performance Certificates and Gas Safety Certificates.
  6. Tenants have the statutory right to claim back rent they have paid in advance in relation to a period after a tenancy has been brought to an end where the tenant is not in occupation of the property.
  7. There is an obligation on the Landlord to provide information about the rights and responsibilities on both Landlord and Tenant under a tenancy agreement

Should you require any advice regarding the above, please contact me, John McCormack on 01743 285888 or email johnm@terry-jones.co.uk

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