For many years the accelerated possession procedure has been a preferred method used by landlords to recover possession of properties let on Assured Shorthold Tenancies.
On 30 July 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) quietly uploaded an amended Form 6A Section 21 notice onto the Government website which amended the wording of note (e) on page 1 of the form.
However, the MHCLG failed to take into account that any changes to Form 6A must be passed by statutory instrument before such amendments become law!
This issue was quickly brought to the attention of the MHCLG and the Government website has now been rectified. As at 13 August 2019, the Government website has reverted back to the Form 6A which came into effect on 1 June 2019.
However, if you downloaded and served a Form 6A Section 21 notice from the Government website between the 30 July 2019 and 12 August 2019 there is a possibility that your Section 21 notice will be invalid. You should therefore ensure that you serve a new Section 21 notice as soon as possible using the Form 6A as currently on the Government website.
With that said, please be aware that a new statutory instrument is likely to be passed in the next few weeks which will formally bring the changes that the Government are proposing into effect.
‘How to Rent’ Booklet
On 3 June 2019 and 29 July 2019, further silent updates were also made to the ‘How to Rent’ booklet.
On 3 June 2019: Page 5 of the booklet was updated to change the reference and link from “NALS” to “Safeagent”
On 29 July 2019: Page 4 of the booklet was updated from “If you don’t have a guarantor, you can ask Shelter for help” to “If you don’t have a guarantor, you can ask Shelter for advice”.
It is important that landlords check they have been issuing the most up to date ‘How to Rent’ booklet to their tenants.
The current and up-to-date ‘How to Rent’ booklet implemented on 29 July 2019 can be found here – although note that on page 2 it still suggests that it is the May 2019 version!
This article is correct as at 13 August 2019