Serving Notice on Tenants with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

Up until 1st October 2015 a Landlord was able to serve notice on a Tenant to vacate a property by serving a Section 21 Notice.  The Section 21 Notice had to have given the Tenants at least 2 months’ notice to leave the property. 

Since 1st October 2015, the laws on serving notice on Tenants with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy have changed.  The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) (amendment) Regulations 2015 set out the new prescribed form of Section 21 Notice.

The new prescribed form of notice must be used when ending an Assured Shorthold Tenancy granted on or after 1st October 2015.  As there is now a restriction on serving a Section 21 Notice in the first 4 months of such a Tenancy, the earliest date for which it could be mandatory to serve the prescribed form is 1st February 2016.

The new regulations may result in catching unprepared Landlords out.  It would now be advisable for Landlords to provide the prescribed information to a Tenant together with the Energy Performance Certificate and the Gas Safe Certificate at the start of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy to make sure that the new requirements have been met.

For further advice relating to tenancy agreements or should you require a new Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement drafting, please do not hesitate to contact us.