Sections 33 to 41 of the Deregulation Act 2015 (DA 2015) came into force on 1 October 2015. The new provisions include:

A landlord cannot serve a section 21 notice when a tenant has made a written complaint to the landlord about the condition of the premises or the common parts of the building and the landlord has not responded, or has responded inadequately.

Removal of the need for a landlord to specify in a section 21 notice the last day of a period of the tenancy as the date on which the tenancy comes to an end, including in relation to a section 21(4) notice.

Preventing a landlord from serving a section 21 notice in the first four months of the AST.

Restricting any claim for an order for possession, so that it must be started within six months' from the date the section 21 notice was given, or if a section 21(4) notice giving more than two months notice was given, four months from the date specified in that notice. A fresh section 21 notice will have to be served if possession proceedings have not been started within these time limits.

Introducing a new prescribed form of section 21 notice.

Preventing a landlord from serving a section 21 notice unless it has provided the tenant with an Energy Performance Certificate or a gas safety certificate.

Preventing a landlord from serving a section 21 notice unless it has provided the tenant with prescribed information. To satisfy this requirement the landlord must give the tenant a copy of DCLG: How to rent: The checklist for renting in England.

Granting a tenant the right to a rent apportionment of rent paid in advance, in respect of a period falling after a section 21 notice brings the tenancy to an end.

The changes will only apply to ASTs granted on or after 1 October 2015. The changes will not apply to a fixed term AST granted prior to 1 October 2015.

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