Legal Update

By on Friday, October 16th, 2015 in Advice for Landlords, Property Management.

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.

Angela Kelly

Associate Director at Hurford Salvi Carr
Angela started her career in central London Lettings in 2000 after graduating in Economics from Exeter University. She has a Diploma in Residential Lettings and Management and is a Fellow of ARLA. As Manager of the City office since 2010, she has both the experience and qualifications to best advise our clients with her pro-active and candid approach. Angela was born and grew up in London.

Telephone: 020 7490 1122
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