The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) Regulations 2015 come into force on 6 April 2015.
The Regulations amend 9 existing forms of notice used in landlord and tenant law.
Of specific interest to Registered Providers, and the most “popular” of the notices amended, are the new Notice of Seeking Possession under section 8 Housing Act 1988 (“Form 3”) and the new section 13 Notice of Rent Increase on a periodic Assured Tenancy (now “Form 4”).
The amendments to the standard form of Notice of Seeking Possession occur in the Notes to paragraph 5 and reflect the availability of the new mandatory ground for possession (Ground 7A) in cases of Anti-Social Behaviour.
The only changes to the section 13 Rent Increase Notice are in its name (Form 4B has become Form 4) and in the tidying up of the paragraph numbering in the Guidance Notes.
Whilst the new forms of notice are to be used from 6 April 2015, we have had cause to contact the DCLG to advise that there are drafting errors in the new Form 4 which render it defective. Specifically, paragraphs 10 and 11 in the Guidance Notes in the new form have not been amended and therefore contain erroneous references to “old” paragraph numbering.
In the event that you need to serve a section 13 Rent Increase Notice in Form 4 after 6 April 2015, but before the amendments to the new Form 4 are dealt with, please contact the Housing Management team at so that we can advise on the best approach to take.