All Change For Residential Landlords

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The law relating to residential properties let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies is changing with effect from 1st October 2015.

The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 come into force at the start of next month and residential Landlords will need to update themselves of the new law and procedures.

The principal changes are:

  1. A Section 21 notice issued by a Landlord seeking possession of the property cannot be served in the first 4 months of the tenancy;
  2. In order to be valid, the Landlord must have given the tenant a current EPC for the property and a Gas Safety Certificate before the service of the notice. Landlords must be able to prove this if court proceedings are issued to gain possession;
  3. There is a new prescribed form of Section 21 notice which must be used.


The changes affect all new tenancies granted after 1st October 2015 and all written tenancy renewals after that date.
From 1st October 2018 the new rules will apply to ALL Assured Shorthold Tenancies.
For more information about the changes and how they affect you please contact Jonathan Ritson.