Leaving it to the Professionals Might be Best
There are strict requirements imposed on landlords in England. Due to this, it can be difficult for landlords and agents to ensure all the requirements have been met to serve a valid Section 21 notice. However, at Woodstock Legal Services, we have noticed a trend in Section 21 notices that fail to meet the standard. It seems that the requirements are less likely to be satisfied where a landlord has managed the property alone.
Resolving the Issues to Satisfy Section 21 Requirements
We recently received new instructions to advise a landlord on the next steps to recover possession of the property. Upon the initial review, it was noticed that the landlord had managed the property alone. In addition to this, there were also several complex points to consider with this property. For example, there was only a part completed tenancy agreement, and unfortunately a non-service of any gas safety certificates. There was also the fact that the deposit had not been protected within an approved scheme. And a few more issues.
We can typically resolve most issues to satisfy the requirements to serve a valid section 21 notice.
However, in some rarer cases, the requirements had to have been completed by a specified date. In these cases, they cannot be resolved later. When this happens, we will flag up the risk and advise on the next steps to try to recover possession of the property.
Professional Assistance is Easy to Find
Unless the landlord is confident with his/her knowledge of landlord and tenant law, it is advisable to leave the management of a tenancy to a professional agency. If you require any assistance in recovering possession of the property, please do not hesitate to contact Woodstock Legal Services. We are happy to help.