Have you let a property after 1st October 2015?
If so, the Deregulation Act 2015 applies to your tenancy and there are certain things you should have done. As a Tenant Eviction Specialist I am coming across lots of Landlords and Letting Agents who either haven’t heard of it or have failed to apply all the relevant regulations. In doing so, the repossession process is made that little bit more complicated. What should have happened is:
Any deposit taken should be protected in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme, and the prescribed information served on the tenant within 30 days.
A valid Energy Performance Certificate should be served on the tenant ideally at the beginning of the tenancy but before a s21 6A is served.
The Government’s ‘How to Rent’ guide should be issued, ideally at the beginning of the tenancy but definitely before a s21 6A is served.
A Gas Safety Certificate should be provided if the property has a gas supply. Again, this should ideally be at the beginning of the tenancy but definitely before serving a s21 6A.
In addition, you must be able to evidence the fact that all of the above were served on your tenant, so it would be a good idea to create a check list for your tenant to sign at the beginning of the tenancy to confirm receipt of the above.