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Landlords – important changes to S21

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Last Updated: 30/10/2015  
Tags: Changes To S21

If you are a landlord you will need to be aware of the changes that have taken place to the eviction process, Section21. As from the 1 October 2015 landlords will be unable to end a tenancy using S21 if they have failed to address repair complaints if they have been referred to a local authority. These changes have been introduced to stop revenge evictions, when a landlord evicts and tenants because they have complained about repairs or the state of a rental property.

Tenancies that begin on the 1 October 2105 or after this date will no longer be able to serve a section 21 notice in the first four months of a tenancy. During this period the tenant can put forward any complaints to the landlord about repairs. 

In addition to this at the start of each new tenancy a landlord must now provide tenants with a valid Energy Performance Certificate, an annual Gas Safety Certificate and a copy of the Government’s How to Rent Guide in order to legally serve a S21 if needed in the future.

The NLA, National Landlord Association is calling upon local councils to provide a clear framework of how they plan to deal with complaints from tenants. Richard Lambert, CEO of the NLA stated: “These kinds of evictions are extremely rare but we have to make sure that complaints by tenants don’t just get lost in the system, regardless of whether they’re legitimate or not.”

“We all know that local councils are under-resourced but housing problems must take priority. If a tenant complains about a potentially hazardous issue then both they and their landlord should have a clear expectation of how and when the council will deal with it.”

If you are a landlord and would like more information on how these new changes might affect you, then please visit your local branch of Hawes  and Co or give our team a call on 020 8399 5522.

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