Important changes have come into force for all Assured Shorthold Tenancies (or AST’s) entered into after 1st October 2015 as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015. A summary is set out below.
At the outset of the tenancy, all landlords must provide:
- Gas safety certificate
- Energy Performance Certificate
- The government’s leaflet, “How to Rent”
Changes to s.21 Notices:
- A new prescribed form of s.21 Notice must be used
- No notice can be served until 4 months after the tenancy commenced
- The s.21 Notice will now expire 6 months after service (there used to be no time limit)
Condition of the Property:
- If a tenant complains about the condition of the property, the Landlord must respond in writing in 14 days with his plan to rectify
- If the Landlord does not comply or serves a s.21 Notice to evict the tenant following a complaint, the tenant can require the local authority to inspect
- This will prevent the landlord evicting the tenant
- If the deposit has not been protected in a government scheme within the time limits the landlord cannot serve a s.21 Notice without first returning the deposit to the tenant
- If the deposit was protected but the “prescribed information” has not been served on the tenant by the landlord, no s.21 Notice can be served until the prescribed information has been served.
Please contact a member of our team for Landlords if you have any queries or need any assistance.