By Judith Loeffler

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As part of the Deregulation Act 2015, a new form of the Section 21 notice will have to be used. The new prescribed format must be used as of 1st October 2015.

In order to enforce it, a landlord must have complied with tenancy deposit protection legislation and have issued the Tenant a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), a valid Gas Safety Certificate and a How to rent guide at the start of the tenancy.

Another important change is that the Section 21 notice will now have time restrictions.

Furthermore, Landlords will be unable to issue a Section 21 Notice

  1. during the first four months of the tenancy
  2. where the landlord is not following the correct procedure upon receiving a written disrepair complaint from the tenant (Retaliatory Eviction)
  3. where the landlord has not provided the tenant with an EPC, a gas safety certificate or the ‘How to rent’ guide
  4. where the landlord has not complied with the tenancy deposit protection legislation
  5. where a property requires a licence but is unlicensed

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