On 1 October 2015 the Deregulation Act came in to force. Some of the important changes it makes affect Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements. How much do Landlord's really understand about the new act and the impact this will have on them. The Act affects all tenancy agreements which start on or after 1 October 2015 and puts more requirements on Landlords which could have serious consequences if not followed.
My concern is that too few Landlord's are fully aware of these changes and the likely consequences.
Some important changes are coming into force on 1st October 2015. For ASTs starting on or after 1st October 2015: remember that for ASTs that begin on or after this date, you now need to provide the following documents to tenants at the start of each fixed term tenancy: Gas appliance safety certificate An energy performance certificate (EPC) The government’s document called ‘How to rent: The checklist for renting in England’ – In relation to serving section 21 notices: Landlords can only serve a section 21 notice after 4 months of the first tenancy The form of the section 21 notice has to be the new ‘prescribed form’ 6 month limit after which a section 21 notice expires, Any health and safety improvement notice served by the local authority means no section 21 notice can be served for 6 months