Assured shorthold tenancies: changes to section 21 notices

Landlords should be made aware of changes to the section 21 notice procedure that 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 (ASTs).

The changes may catch out an unprepared landlord and delay it getting possession of its 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.