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The new guidance and legislation for Section 21 notices has been released, and will come into force on 1st October 2015. There are lots of new details that all landlords and property investors must know and comply with to ensure they are acting legally when giving notice, and these changes mean that all Landlords and Property Investors will need to keep a very accurate paper trail for all of their properties and tenancies. The main points are as follows:


  • You must provide tenants with an EPC at the start of a tenancy
  • You must provide tenants with a Gas Safety certificate within 28 days of the check being carried out
  • You must provide tenants with the Government ‘How To Rent’ Guide
  • You must use the Government supplied Section 21 form


Without the above, a Section 21 notice will be non-enforceable. This will be law from the 1st October 2015, so all Landlords and Property Investors must make sure that they are 100% compliant, otherwise they could be unable to gain possession of their property.


Other notes that need to be taken into consideration are:


  • If a tenant has complained to the local authority about disrepair, you cannot rely on a Section 21 until it has been decided whether to issue a Relevant Notice
  • A Section 21 cannot be issued for at least 6 months after a Relevant Notice has been given to the Landlord by the local authority


We could also see more legislation come into force on the 1st October, demanding that all rented properties be required to have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted, no exception. There will be no grace period, and any Landlord or Property Investor failing to company could be fined up to £5,000.


Below are the links to the information guides, legislation and booklets that you will need from the 1st October 2015. A guide to the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is also below.


Section 21 Guidance

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Section 21 Legislation and Form 6A

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‘How To Rent’ Guide

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015

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