The government has updated online nine key prescribed forms for use in most private rental sector assured tenancies.
On its website it restates that the 1988 and 1996 Housing Acts set out the rules that apply to assured and assured shorthold tenancies., and says there are key matters on which agents, landlords or tenants must follow certain rules laid down in the regulations.
“In some cases it may be necessary for them to complete a form, called a ‘prescribed form’, that proposes an action that may affect the other party to the tenancy agreement” it says.
The forms are called ‘prescribed’ because the wording in them has been carefully drafted to ensure that the person completing the form and the person on whom it is served may understand what is being proposed and what they may do in response.
As many agents and landlords know to their cost, failure to serve the correct form can invalidate actions.
The government advice is that: “You may not alter the wording in these forms unless a form says you may do so. If you alter the wording, the form may be invalidated. You must also comply with any notice periods set out in the form.”
You can find the new prescribed forms here.