Today, the 1st October 2015, will see some important changes in the law regarding privately rented property.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 come in to effect from today. The new regulations require:

  • at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their rental property which is used as living accommodation, and
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  • a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used.

The regulations apply not only to all new tenancies but to all existing properties which are currently let.

There is also wording in the new regulations which make is the responsibility of the landlord or agent to make sure they check any alarms work on the first day of a new tenancy. The understanding is this means it has to be checked on the day the tenancy ‘actually’ starts. A day, or week before will be breaching the regulations.

Gallant Richardson have been busy making sure all our managed properties comply with the law but if you have any concerns or would like to know more about the new regulations call our lettings team who will be delighted to help.

 

Section 21 Notices.

There are new changes to issuing notice to a tenant under the ‘Section 21’ of the Housing Act.

Any new tenancy starting on or after the 1st October 2015 for the Section 21 notice to be valid the tenant must have been provided with:

  • a copy of the EPC
  • a copy of the gas certificate
  • a copy of the ‘Department for Communities and Local Government ‘Hoe to Rent’ guide.

In theory all the above should be provided before the tenant decides on renting the property.

There will also be a new ‘prescribed’ Section 21 notice which will have to be used when serving notice to a tenant with Assured Shorthold Tenancy which has begun on, or after, the 1st October 2015.

In addition to these changes new retaliatory eviction measures also come into force today which bans landlords from serving a Section 21 notice for six months where a local authority has served an improvement notice on the property. This means landlords will need to make sure they deal with repairs and maintaintence at their properties swiftly and to an acceptable standard.