Landlords - Important Changes To Section 21?

October 19th 2015
By: Melanie

If you are unfamiliar with Section 21 this is when an official eviction notice is given to a tenant where a property is let under an assured shorthold tenancy, AST. As from the 1st October 2015 various changes have come into effect concerning Section 21 – if you are a landlord you will need to know about these.

Section 21 notice can no longer be served in the first four months of a tenancy, and a new rule stating that a Section 21 notice will now have a six month lifespan.  During the first four months of an AST tenants will be able to file a complaint to the landlord with regards to any issues concerning disrepair.

Changes to Section 21’s have come into place to stop revenge evictions, this is when landlords have been evicting tenants who complain about the condition of the property they are renting. Landlords will be able to appeal against these complaints if:

• The tenant fails to use the property in a tenant like manner
• Disrepair due to breach of the tenants obligations in the tenancy agreement
• If a mortgage company is seeking possession under a mortgage that was in place before the start of the tenancy
• When the Section 21 notice is served, if the property is genuinely on the market for sale

If you would like more information about the Section 21 why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty or give our team a call on 0844 8111 090*
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