The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated the notes on Form 6A, the document landlords use when serving a Section 21 eviction notice.
The problem was that the wording from the notes was also replicated on the first page of the form.
As Form 6A is a statutory notice, the wording is prescribed and cannot be changed without a statutory instrument.
This replication was spotted by the National Landlords Association (NLA), which made MHCLG aware of the error. This has now been corrected and the new form uploaded on gov.uk.
Meera Chindooroy, policy and public affairs manager at the NLA, said: “It’s of vital importance to all landlords that government departments get forms such as this right. Incorrect forms may impact on landlords’ ability to regain possession of their properties, regardless of who is at fault.
“We advise all landlords to ensure they serve the correct, up-to-date documents as and when they are obligated to do so. MHCLG needs to work with landlords to ensure they can do this.”