The Letting Game would like to notify all Bristol landlords of some important changes to Section 21.

Please read on to prevent being caught out.

Landlords, if you want to gain possession of a property by serving a Notice under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, there are several new provisions that you need to be aware of.

The new rules will only apply to Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) entered into, on or after 1st October 2015.

Here are the main changes to be aware of:

For Notices given under Section 21(4a) in respect of statutory periodic tenancies, possession proceedings must be commenced within four months from the date of the expiry of the Notice.

This information can be provided in hard copy or by e-mail, where requested as such. The document is entitled “How to rent: the checklist for renting in England” and can be obtained from the GOV.UK website by searching for ‘How to rent’.

If the local authority then serves an improvement notice or carries out emergency remedial action, any Section 21 Notice already served will be rendered invalid. If a notice is served by the local authority then no further Section 21 Notice can then be served for six months from the date of that notice.

Information source: Lauren Stacey at QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day

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