The new procedure will mean that Landlords who are unorganised and ill prepared will find it very difficult to evict tenants at the end of the Tenancy. Landlords may expect Letting Agents to comply with the new regulations on their behalf or undertake the required procedures as part of a fully managed service.
The new rules will apply to Assured Shorthold Tenancies granted on or after the 1 October 2015. They will not apply to a Fixed Term Assured Shorthold Tenancy granted prior to the 1 October 2015 even if, after the relevant date, the Fixed Term Assured Shorthold Tenancy becomes a Statutory Period Tenancy.
However from the 1 October 2018 the rules will apply to any Assured Shorthold Tenancy.
A new form of Section 21 Notice comes into use. The new rules also state that a Section 21 Notice cannot be served where:-
The New Legal Requirements
The new legal requirements state that a Landlord cannot serve a Section 21 Notice where it has not done either of the following:-
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Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.