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We have received the below guidance from The Letting Centre regarding changes to Section 21 Form 6A and Section 8 Form 3 documents, due to changing Government Legislation.
“A new Section 8 Form 3 and Section 21 Form 6A Notice has been introduced under the The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies and Notices) (Amendment and Suspension) (England) Regulations 2021 and must be used from 1st October 2021.
The Letting Centre takes the view that it is no longer possible for us to supply these types of prescribed forms due to legal uncertainty. Since 2020, the only way for landlords and agents to use the correct ‘official form’ with certainty is by downloading the latest form from the Government website, and even legal experts disagree about the validity of other versions of these forms supplied by external providers. This is not an ideal situation when the success of a possession action can be determined by a dispute over the standard wording of the possession notice and is further compounded by current practice where the Government give little or no notice of the introduction of a new version of the prescribed form - hence making previous versions invalid.
The Government versions of the prescribed forms can be accessed via the links below but you should check with your legal advisor to ensure that the correct notice is served.
If you have downloaded and created your own version copy of the TLC Section 21 Form 6A or the Section 8 Form 3 Notices, we would strongly recommend that you do not use these, but instead refer to the Government versions linked above
Due to the changing nature of the legislation at present, we recommend that you deal with the Section 21 Form 6A and Section 8 Form 3 Notices OUTSIDE of Alto to ensure that you are issuing the very latest Government document
The latest documents can be accessed here.
Once you have downloaded, completed and sent the document, save it in a known location on your computer.
You can then upload the document to your tenancy record in Alto by following the steps in Uploading documents to a tenancy.
Once the uploaded document is linked to your tenancy record, you may also wish to add a timeline entry to record that this has been done. To do this:
- Click Tenancy on the main toolbar
- Select the relevant tenancy from Recent & Favourite Tenancies
- Alternatively, find the tenancy using the Search Tenancies bar in the top right
- Click Overview on the side menu
- Click the + alongside Recent Activity
- The Add File Note window opens. In the Notes section, add some notes to say you have completed and sent the document for your records
- Click Save