A common mistake Landlords make with Form 6a Section 21 Notices

Section 21 is the no fault way of obtaining possession from an assured shorthold tenant.

What is a Section 21 Notice?

A Section 21 Housing Act 1988 notice is the first step to obtaining the property back. These are used when the landlord wants to regain possession of a property at the end of an assured shorthold tenancy or wishes to exercise a 'Break Clause'.

The landlord is able to issue the tenant with a Section 21 notice without giving any reason for ending the tenancy agreement..

Form 6A

This form should be used where a no fault possession of accommodation let under an assured shorthold tenancy is sought.

This form must be used for all assured shorthold tenancies created on or after 1 October 2015 (excluding statutory periodic tenancies which have come into being on or after 1 October 2015) and on all tenancies from 1st October 2018.

Frequent mistake with Form 6A

Paragraph 4 of Form 6A, on page 2, requests the name and address of the landlord. This is straightforward but the form provides a very small space for this information to be included. Some online forms do not include a field to complete at all.

Many agents and landlords are not stating this information in this box. Instead, they are simply completing the signatory boxes.

You can read more about the eviction process in Will Bartley's article, 'How to evict a tenant' by clicking here.

Basic but disastrous

Kerri Hunter, Dispute Resolution Solicitor, says “The name and address of the landlord should be provided. You risk wasted costs and time if you commence possession proceedings on the basis of a Section 21 Notice which does not include this information. It is very simple but it is surprising how often this mistake is made."

Our Landlord & Tenant Team are happy to discuss any issues that this raises for you. If you have any questions, you only have to ask us at Frettens. Please call 01202 499255 and Kerri or a member of the team, will be happy to chat about your situation and your particular requirements.