The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 introduces a new Form 6A, which is the prescribed form for a section 21 Notice (no fault eviction notice).
The new Form 6A is to be used from 1 June 2019 and failure to use the updated Form 6A will likely render a section 21 notice invalid.
On 1 June 2019 the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (the Act) will come into force. The updated Form 6A incorporates section 17 of the Act which prevents a landlord from serving a valid section 21 notice against a tenant whilst the landlord retains a ‘prohibited payment’ or holding deposit (as explained in our previous blog post here).
Whilst another section 21 Notice can be served after rectification of any such breach, any court proceedings based on the incorrect Notice may need to be abandoned. The best approach is to get the Notice right at the outset to ensure it does not hinder possession proceedings.