The Government is to amend the regulations bringing in the new section 21 notice for use with all new Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST) in time for the 1st October deadline.
The error in the original release two weeks ago was spotted by the RLA team who questioned the wisdom of the Government releasing the new form without first consulting the landlord associations, given that they had been involved in earlier discussions on the matter.
Government officials at DCLG have now clarified the issues saying they intend to table amending legislation in Parliament this week. This time a new S21 form has been circulated around stakeholders for comments and so they now expect that the 1st October deadline will be met.
The new regulations will mean that from 1 0ctober, at the start of a new AST tenancy, landlords or their agents must provide a tenant with certain documents.
- A valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- An annual Gas Safety Certificate.
- A copy of the Department’s ‘How to rent’ Guide.
These documents must be supplied at the start of each new tenancy failing which the landlord cannot serve a valid section 21 eviction notice.
Document to be amended: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1646/pdfs/uksi_20151646_en.pdf
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