Residential landlords will agree that there has been a raft of new legislation imposed upon them in recent years. This includes the Immigration Act ‘Right To Rent’ checks,
new minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating requirements, mortgage interest relief changes and selective licensing of rented homes in Nottingham City. Another new requirement has been the need for landlords to issue any new tenants with certain specific tenancy documents at the start of a new tenancy, such as a Government information document called the ‘How To Rent’ guide, the gas safety certificate and a copy of the EPC. Failure to do this invalidates the landlord’s ability to act upon a Section 21 possession notice should the property be required back. We were recently contacted by a new landlord seeking advice of how to recover possession of a property because of his dissatisfaction with his tenant. It transpired he was unaware of this requirement or indeed what some of the documents were! It is rather scary to think that one missed document not served at the start of a tenancy could invalidate the landlords ability to end a tenancy in 6, 12, 24 etc months time, even if the landlord has maintained all their other legal responsibilities.
Landlords should be aware of the many new changes affecting them and the importance of thorough tenancy documents. Kingswood Residential are a local, ARLA-regulated, specialist letting agency and experts in both tenancy legislation and the local rental market. Landlords, are you complaint? Speak to our experts for advice if not.