Landlords of residential properties let on an assured shorthold tenancy can evict tenants using a Section 21 or Section 8 notice, or both.
New Regulations have been issued to substitute the prescribed form for section 21 notices. The Regulations came into force on 1 June 2019 to correspond with the commencement of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (TFA).
Broadly speaking it makes the following changes to the prescribed form:
- It reflects that a landlord may not use it if prevented from doing so in accordance with the TFA 2019;
- Provides additional information about the Housing Act 2004 which restricts the landlord from serving a section 21 notice where the property is an unlicensed house in multiple occupation;
- Gives information to tenants about support services if they are at risk of homelessness.
The new form can be found here.
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A new version of Form 6a which is used to issue notice under Section 21 in England, will be released on the 1st June by the Government to reflect the new restrictions on terminating tenancies made by the Tenant Fees Act.