Before attempting to serve the 'new style' notice, Landlords (and/or their lettings agents) will also need to check that:
- they have issued the tenant with the 'How to rent' checklist before attempting to serve the notice;
- the Gas Safety Certificate is up to date and a copy has been provided to the tenant;
- the EPC is in date and has been published; and
- the deposit has been protected with a qualifying scheme and the tenant has been provided with the prescribed information.
To avoid questions over validity of service, we would also recommend Landlords/their agents double-check notices are addressed correctly and retain proof of service.
Further guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-agreements-a-guide-for-landlords/ending-a-tenancy and https://www.gov.uk/evicting-tenants.
Changes for landlords and letting agents in England are due to come into force from the beginning of October affecting how they can evict a tenant and relating to gas safety and energy performance. From 01 October landlords will be required to use Form 6A, the form prescribed by the Government, which combines the two previous types of Notices into a single Notice for both periodic and fixed term tenancies. It means that landlords and letting agents should stop using their existing Notices as all assured shorthold tenancies, regardless of their start date will need to comply with the new guidelines.