Landlords will be aware that if they have entered into a Tenancy Agreement since 1st October 2015 that there are a number of things that they need to do.
This includes but is not limited to annual gas servicing, provision of an EPC Certificate, How to Rent Checklist, Right to Rent checks etc. Without complying with this any Section 21 Notice served will be invalid.
Landlords with Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements that commenced prior to the 1st October 2015 will have the luxury of not needing to be compliant with the above requirements (albeit they will still need to ensure the deposit is protected and the prescribed information served).
This however will all change on 1st October 2018 in accordance with Section 41 (3) of the Deregulation Act 2015 as the rules will then apply to all Assured Shorthold Tenancies for properties in England only.
Landlords with Assured Shorthold Tenancies in England that commenced prior to 1st October 2015 that fall foul of the requirements that needed to have been in place had the agreement commenced post 1st October 2015, will need to ensure that they take steps to serve their Section 21 Notice (Form 6a) prior to 1st October 2018.