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What exactly does the law say


What exactly does the law say?

Increasingly we are finding that tenants are becoming very knowledgeable of the law surrounding the service of information. Access Legal's Landlord and Tenant team are well versed in making sure that information served on tenants is correct and follows the letter of the law.

If your tenant brings an action against you or defends an action you have brought based on incorrect service or invalid Notices, we will be able to advise you immediately on the prospects of your case. Landlords may also have extra layers of responsibility and legal liability if the local authority operates a landlord licensing or registration scheme.

For tenancies commencing on or after 01 October 2015, the Prescribed Information must now also include a copy of a document called 'How to rent: the checklist for renting in England' as published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The booklet is available for download on the gov.uk website.

It must be presented in hard copy – it's not enough to send a link or email a PDF unless you have your tenant's agreement that notices and documents may be served by email. Unless a landlord can show that this 'How to rent' leaflet was included in the Prescribed information served to any tenant whose tenancy began on or after 01 October 2015, any Section 21 notice subsequently served will be invalid.

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