New notices have arrived….
Since our post on the 10th September we now have new Section 21 and Section 8 notices ready for the return to “normal” notice periods.
A team of hard working bureaucrats have spent many hours pouring over the old notices and deciding how best to create more work for landlords, agents and the local courts. The result is a simplified version.
There is no doubting that the blood, sweat and tears have paid off in that the new forms are a little easier to read and you could even argue, to complete. However, they do also remove a lot of the helpful notes that accompanied them.
One of the striking differences in the forms is that you are now required to state the tenants full name. Whilst you may not know the full name with current tenants, moving forward you should be looking to use their full name when setting up your tenancies.
So, from 1st October 2021 you use these new forms when serving notice. If you have recently served a notice under the current notice periods, you can withdraw this by re-serving a new notice. However, you need to make it very clear to the tenant that you intend to rely on the second notice and not the first so that they are clear when you expect the property to be returned, or if the Section 8 notice has been used, when you intend to apply to Court.
It remains a complex area so if you are in need of any assistance please do contact us and we’ll do our best to help.
Please note the date this article was published as the law may have changed since it was posted. You should always seek independent legal advice if you are intending to rely on any of the contents.
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