Liverpool landlords urged to keep up with legislation to avoid costly errors
Liverpool landlords are being urged to ensure they’re up to date on legislation before issuing eviction notices to tenants.
Not keeping up with changes to the law and seeking advice after the eviction process has already been triggered can lead to costly errors, warns Kirwans expert Danielle Hughes.
The property litigation specialist says that almost two years since the introduction of changes to the law governing Section 21 notices, which are issued by landlords wanting their property back after the fixed term tenancy ends, there is still confusion over how to issue them correctly.
To issue claims based on ‘old’ Section 21 notices, which can still be used in relation to Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) agreements made up to 30 September 2015, landlords must demonstrate to the court that there is a written AST in place, that the deposit is protected and necessary information relating to the deposit was served on tenants. Licences are also required for houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs), or in areas affected by selective landlord licensing.
Meanwhile ‘new’ Section 21 notices are currently intended for AST agreements made from 1 October 2015 onwards and the regulations impose several additional obligations on landlords which must be complied with before a valid eviction notice can be served. These rules won’t apply to the old AST agreements until October 2018.
Expecting confusion amongst some landlords to continue until the transition between old and new regulations around Section 21 notices ends next year, Danielle says: “It’s important for landlords to be aware of the issues and risks involved in letting out a property, especially during this transitional period as there are a lot of mixed messages and two statutory regimes still running side by side until October 2018.”
Kirwans will offer free practical advice and guidance to landlords and letting agents with a special event this month, as the firm kicks off its new Landlord Seminar Series.
Taking place on 27 September at Mann Island’s Avenue HQ, the session will see associate solicitor Danielle provide further information on the eviction process, Section 21 notices and the accelerated possession procedure, as well as changes to legislation and the legal responsibilities for property owners and agents.
Plus guest speaker Mark Wrigglesworth, a chartered accountant and director at ERC Accountants, will bring expert insight on the changes and impact of landlord taxation.
Danielle adds: “At Kirwans our aim is to educate landlords to help them to avoid mistakes which can lead to unnecessary delays and costs when it comes to tenant eviction.
“I’ll be running through the requirements under the regulations and giving examples of cases where landlords have failed to comply.”
For more information about Kirwans and its forthcoming Landlord Seminar Series event, call 0800 525 035 or log on to www.kirwans.co.uk.