It was a busy last quarter of 2015 when the Deregulation Act saw changes to Section 21. This first quarter of 2016 has been no different and we have already seen changes to Landlord and Tenant practice. You will find below a useful summary of those changes;
Right to rent checks
Since the 1st February Landlords have been obliged to carry out “right to rent” checks (by virtue of the Immigration Act 2014).
For the full details of the requirements of a landlord or his agent please click here.
If you fail to carry out these checks and it is subsequently discovered that a tenant did not have the “right to rent” either the Landlord or managing agent (if authority delegated) will face a civil penalty in the form of a fine.
Increase to court fees
On 21st March increases to court fees were implemented. The changes to Landlord and Tenant fees can be read by clicking here.
Section 8 notices
From 6th April there have been some minor amendments to the prescribed format of the Section 8 notice and therefore you should be using this latest version. Failure to use the latest version will invalidate the Section 8 notice that you serve.
And finally, Section 21 notices
Although not strictly a change from this quarter, it is now 6 months since the prescribed format Section 21 notice was introduced for all tenancies beginning after 1st October 2015. Please ensure that for you use this new Section 21 notice for any tenancy that you intend to serve notice on that began after that date. Full details can be found by clicking here.
If you would like an updated version of either the Section 8 or Section 21 notices, and of course if you have any other queries please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org