Landlords: Changes to Section 21 Procedure

Mark Cummings

Changes to the section 21 notice procedure came into force on 1 October 2015. They place further restrictions on when a landlord can serve and enforce a section 21 notice in relation to residential properties let on assured shorthold tenancies.

The changes may catch out an unprepared landlord and delay the landlord who wants to regain possession of their property.

Landlords should also be aware (and make their managing agents aware) that the practice of serving a section 21 notice on the first day of a tenancy must be stopped. Any notice served within the first four months of the tenancy will be invalid.

At Samuels Solicitors LLP, we have been advising landlords and tenants for over 25 years. We are experts in dealing with these issues and can help you through the whole procedure. 

It is important that you seek expert advice if you have a tenant that you want to remove from your property, as if you get the procedure wrong, it could take far longer than necessary. 

For further advice and information, contact one of our property experts today.