Retaliatory eviction legislation
The Deregulation Act 2015 has introduced new provisions to protect tenants from retaliatory eviction which will come into force on 1st October, 2015.
The Act requires a landlord to give an ‘adequate response’ to complaints about property conditions. If the local authority serves a ‘relevant notice’ (Improvement Notice of Emergency Remedial Action) following a complaint from a tenant, then the landlord will be unable to serve a Section 21 notice for a period of 6 months.
This legislation will apply to new Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) that commence on or after 1st October, 2015 and all ASTs from October 2018.
The Council is now considering changing its Enforcement Policy to include serving formal notices where there is evidence of retaliatory eviction, as well as other factors we normally consider.
Information supplied by Julie Norris at Bristol City Council.
If you have any comments please contact Julie by email (Julie.Norris@bristol.gov.uk or by telephone on: 0117 352 1853.