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Are you aware of your obligations when it comes to issuing section 21 notices?

Less than one in five landlords in England can legally issue section 21 notices in England, according to Cover4LetProperty.co.uk.

The landlord insurance specialist claims that most landlords fail to provide tenants with the government ‘How To Rent’ checklist for renting in England guide.

The guide, which you can download here, must be provided in either hard form or electronically.

But research carried out by Cover4LetProperty shows that just 17% of assured shorthold tenants that started or renewed their rental agreement on or after 1 October 2015, had been given a copy of the How To Rent guide.

However, it is worth noting that this based on a small survey of just 100 tenants.

Richard Burgess, director at Cover4LetProperty, said: “Landlords need to be aware of their obligations relating to the How To Rent guide under the new Section 21 legislation that came in to force in October 2015.

“Failure to comply means they typically will not be able to issue a Section 21 notice and terminate a tenancy legally.”

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