Relevant Notice

Serving A Relevant Notice To A TenantAt Seatons, we are Landlord Law experts , and offer a fast and friendly legal service with low sensible fees that provide exceptional value for money.

Although we are based in Northamptonshire, distance is not a problem!

We act for clients across England & Wales. So, whether you live just up the road, or a few hundred miles away then we can still help.

We are known as the friendly professionals and aim to provide you with an outstanding legal service to assist with your Landlord or property issues.

We care about you and will work hard for your best interests to help resolve your legal problem quickly and easily.

Unlike a lot of other legal service providers, we are a genuine firm of Solicitors and are fully insured and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

We hope you find our website is helpful and informative and gives you the answers to your legal questions.

We also offer free legal guides that you can download.

What is a Relevant Notice?

Since 1 October 2015, a Landlord cannot serve a s.21 notice within six months of being served with a Relevant Notice.  This currently applies only to Tenancy Agreements granted from 1 October 2015, however it will apply to all tenancies from 1 October 2018.

There are three categories of hazards : –

  • An improvement notice served under section 11 of the Housing Act 2004 relates to Category 1 hazards;
  • An improvement notice served under section 12 of the Housing Act 2004 relates to Category 2 hazards;
  • An emergency remedial action served under section 40(7) of the Housing Act 2004.

If there is no management order in place, the local housing authority will serve the appropriate notice when they are satisfied that either a category 1 or 2 hazard is evident at a residential property.

A hazard is any risk of harm to the health or safety of a possible or actual occupier of a property which arises from a deficiency in the property or in any building or land in the vicinity.

There are a number of prescribed hazards including: –

  • Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage – an inadequate provision of facilities for maintaining good personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage;
  • Food safety – an inadequate provision of facilities for the storage, preparation and cooking of food;
  • Lighting – a lack of adequate lighting;
  • Noise – exposure to noise;
  • Lead – the ingestion of lead;
  • Asbestos and MMF – exposure to asbestos fibres or manufactured mineral fibres;
  • Carbon monoxide and fuel combustion products – exposure to carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and smoke;
  • Damp and mould growth – Exposure to house dust mites, damp, mould or fungal growths;
  • Excess cold – exposure to low temperatures;
  • Excess heat – exposure to high temperatures;
  • Crowding and space – a lack of adequate space for living and sleeping;
  • Electrical hazards – exposure to electricity;
  • Water supply – an inadequate supply of water free from contamination, for drinking and other domestic purposes;

To serve a s21 notice within the 6 month timescale will only be allowed if the improvement notice has been subsequently reversed, revoked or quashed.  A suspension of the notice does not afford any right to issue a s21 notice.

Latest Video For Landlords
Welcome To Seatons Solicitors – Corby & Kettering

Carol O' Leary

Specialist Landlord Services

My name is Carol O’ Leary. I am a lawyer who specialises in legal services for landlords. We aim to provide our clients with an outstanding legal service.

We will help and support you and most importantly we work hard for you.

Please contact us for a free, no obligation chat at either our Corby office on 01536 276300 or our Kettering office on 01536 311690 or contact us online.

Latest Articles For Landlords

Secure Your Financial Interest In A Property By Getting Legal Advice

A man spent hundreds of thousands of pounds renovating a country property and a barn so he could use them for holiday lets. However, as he had not sought legal advice he lost all of the money because he had no long- term secure tenancy.

Houses of Multiple Occupancy – When is a Storey Not a Storey?

The definition of what comprises a storey of a building was to be found in the following case heard at the High Court and landlords of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO's) should heed the decision to avoid prosecution.

Supreme Court Rules On Landlords Liabilities For Repairs

A Supreme Court Ruling states that property landlords cannot be held responsible for repairs that they have no knowledge of, and any consequences of them.

Daughter Of Farmer Pays For Not Seeking Legal Advice Sooner

There is an advantage of being calm under pressure but when you are about to be evicted from your 100 acre small holding you cannot afford to delay seeking legal advice, as the daughter of a farmer discovered.
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt
Filter by Custom Post Type
Why Use Seatons?
  • Practical sensible help and information
  • Fixed, competitive and affordable prices
  • We care about you and fight for you
  • Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • We can help resolve your issue quickly & easily

Free Legal Guide For LandlordsDownload our FREE guide for

Landlords Today