The Government has now opened its consultation on reforming possession in England. The proposals will prevent the creation of new assured shorthold tenancies in England, preventing landlords from issuing a Section 21 notice for new tenancies.
In an attempt to mitigate some of the issues identified in the RLA's research, they propose to create or amend a number of Section 8 grounds and tweak the way the current court system works.
The RLA welcomes any improvements to Section 8 and the court process but the consultation falls some way short of providing landlords with the confidence they can regain possession of their property in legitimate circumstances.
To have your voice heard on these proposals visit our campaigns page.
How to rent: The checklist for renting in England Archive
If a landlord gives a new tenancy or a replacement tenancy from October 1st 2015 onwards, they need to comply with the prescribed information requirements for the new Section 21 form. As part of this landlords must provide an up to date version of the How to rent: The checklist for renting in England booklet at the outset of the original tenancy. Landlords are also required to provide a new copy at the outset of any subsequent tenancy, including statutory periodic tenancies, but only if there has been an update to the booklet. If they do not then no valid Section 21 can be served.
To assist landlords with this requirement this page will archive all the different versions of How to rent: The checklist for renting in England as well as the dates when they stopped being the most recent version. At the start of any new tenancy landlords should check this page against their current copy to make sure they are still up to date. If not a new copy should be downloaded and provided to the tenant at the start of their renewal.
If you wish to email this document to your tenants you can do so if you have permission. Landlords using our Tenancy Application Form will see that the tenants sign to give consent to service of this document and the EPC via email.