The Government waited until 60 seconds before the fee ban came in before it issuing final and vital paperwork – but Loveitts are up to speed and have implemented the changes!
At 11.59pm on Friday 31st May – 60 seconds before the fee ban became law, and one minute before the new 6a form became the mandatory form of Section 21 notice, the new form was issued.
The new How to Rent guide was itself issued only hours earlier on Friday afternoon.
Such to-the-wire publication may mean that a number of agents are still unaware that there is a new How to Rent guide and a new Section 21 legal form which must be used.
How to Rent guides are regularly updated and the latest version must always be served to new tenants and those who renew their tenancies. If the latest version is not given to tenants, then a Section 21 notice cannot be served or may be invalidated.
The new Form 6a specifies that a Section 21 notice cannot be served if a prohibited payment has been taken from a tenant, under the new Tenant Fees Act. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has given no explanation as to why the new How to Rent guide was issued so late, and why the new Section 21 form was not released until 11.59pm on Friday night.