The Deregulation Act was given Royal Assent earlier this year just before the General Election. It tightens up a loose ends in the lettings process which landlords should be aware of since they came into force on the 1st of October. A summary is provided below:
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms – as of the 1st of October smoke alarms are mandatory on all rental properties and one must be installed on every level of the property. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in a property where there is a solid fuel appliance. Currently the regulations do not cover gas.
How to Rent Guide – it is now mandatory to serve this document leaflet on every tenant for any contract starting on or before the 1st of October 2015. Failure to do so will result in a section 21 notice being invalid.
Section 21 notice – this now has a new prescribed form (6a) and does not need to be served in line with rent due dates as it was previously. It cannot be served at all within the first 4 months of the tenancy.
To find out more information on the updates covered above, please contact the author, Angela Kelly, on the number detailed below.
Telephone: 020 7490 1122