In checking into the legality of a Section 21 Notice recently received, we note that when we signed the AST, we were provided with both a copy of the same and also what was at the time of signing, an out of date version of the ‘How to Rent’ guide. The ‘How to’ guide we were provided with was that dated July 2018, not the May 2019 update in place when the AST was signed in June 19.
The Section 21 was accompanied by the May 2019 ‘How To’ version that we should have been provided with in the first place. Naturally this is also out of date, not being the August 2019 version. Irrespective, surely it is not sufficient for a landlord to be seen to discharge their responsibilities in terms of validly serving a Section 21, by providing documents that should have been provided on day 1, 10 months down the line post the AST commencing?
Further, even if it is permissible for documents to be provided post AST date, surely they must need to be the up to date versions anyway?
We believe that in light of the above, a valid Section 21 has not been served.
Thoughts very much welcomed.