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Government updates nine prescribed assured tenancy forms

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.

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    "The forms are called ‘prescribed’ because the wording in them has been carefully drafted ......" Well, that'll be the first time !

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    Carefully drafted they certainly weren't. That why it took two attempts to publish the prescribed form for section 21. Still excessively complicated for a deregulation measure!

    Graham - Sorry, but I think this is actually old news. These prescribed forms regs were published back in March and those with a need to know have probably updated their systems some time ago. Its obviously taken DCLG a long time to update their website..

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    I don't know whether anyone else has noticed but the forms found at the link are not the latest as they still refer to the fact that there is no prescribed notice for Section 21!!

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    And do these apply to Wales too? Hello, we're the ones on the left hand side of the UK!!


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