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Responding to today’s announcement from the Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) on new regulations, due to come into force on 1 October, which introduce new obligations on landlords to provide specific information to their tenants, and restrictions on the use of the section 21 notice no fault possession procedure if they fail to do so.
Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of the National Landlords Association (NLA), said:
“This is just plain farcical. These regulations are poorly worded, badly timed and are being tabled with just days to spare before they are due to come into force on 1 October. As we understand it, there will be no guidance from the Government explaining how to comply before then. How can a landlord about to let a property on a tenancy from the start of October be expected to comply with these new requirements if they’ve not been told what they are and what is expected?
Given that there is no Government budget for marketing these new laws, and so it is relying on industry organisations and professional advisers as the main route to compliance, it’s shoddy, to say the least.
Coming hot on the heels of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm debacle in the Lords yesterday, which due to official incompetence looks highly unlikely to come into force this year, this is something akin to a Laurel and Hardy sketch.”
The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015
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