The Deregulation Act 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015 affecting both landlords and tenants regarding deposits, retaliatory evictions and section 21 notices. Three years on and 1 October 2018 is an important date in the implementation of the full changes brought in by the Deregulation Act 2015.
The Deregualtion Act came into affect for all new tenancies in 2015 however these regulations now apply for all older tenancies that started before that date from October 2018.
The main points are that before serving a Section 21 notice you must be able to evidence that you have provided the tenant with the following up to date documents:
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – Check this is still in date as many are coming round for renewal now after their 10 year life span.
- Gas Safety Certificate – if applicable for the property
- A copy of the government ‘How to Rent’ guide – Check you have the latest version here as it has been recently updated.
- A copy of the tenants deposit scheme Terms and Conditions and proof the deposit is protected.
- If the property is licensable such as HMO, additional or Selective then the tenant should be shown a copy of the licence.
You must also ensure that any Section 21 is now issued on the new Form 6a.
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