The Deregulation Act 2015 came into force today. Ironically enough for a statute that claims its purpose to be "reduction of burdens resulting from legislation", it has introduced a whole host of new laws and requirements for the unsuspecting landlord.
Importantly, the rules relating to s21 Notices for tenancies commencing before 1st October 2015 currently remain the same:
However, these rules for 'older tenancies' will change in October 2018 to match the rules for tenancies starting on or after 1st October 2015:
For ASTs starting on or after 1st October 2015
The landlord now needs to provide the following documents to tenants at the start of each fixed term tenancy (and if he doesn't then a valid s21 Notice cannot be served until the situation is rectified):
In relation to serving section 21 notices:
There are also further new laws relating to the handling of complaints from tenants and received by landlords, and in certain circumstances those can also halt eviction proceeedings.
It seems that letting out a property has just gotten more complicated again.
Published on 01/10/2015