Notices

  • Any formal or informal document from a utility bill to a legal document which must be forwarded or brought to the attention of the owner or landlord / agent upon receipt, e.g. to ensure services remain connected; or owners are informed of proposed building works to adjacent properties enabling an opportunity to object.
  • Notice to quit NTQ, is one of the most important and yet the most neglected notices in the letting profession.  Ignore this and a letting agency gets an unwelcome extended tenancy.
  • Where a property requires remedial work to bring it up to an acceptable standard, the local authorities can serve an ‘Improvement Notice’ upon the managing agent or landlord.
  • Failure to act upon such a notice is a criminal offence.
  • Where a tenant provides a notice to leave a landlord may be tempted to rely on this thereby obviating the requirement to provide a counterpart s.21 NTQ.  Landlords and agents should always provide a s.21 irrespective of a tenants apparent intentions.  It is fairly common for tenants to change their mind perhaps following a change in circumstances and a tenant’s need to remain.  Imagine the situation whereby a landlord agrees a new tenancy back to back with the current tenancy.  In the absence of serving a s.21 notice, the current tenant might be entitled to remain under aperiodic tenancy – leaving the landlord to explain to the disappointed even devastated new tenants that they cannot move in as expected!
  • In some situations the landlord will issue a notice to increase the rent a section 13 Notice.  There are many formal letting notices.

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