Ground Rent Demand for Long Residential Lease
This Ground Rent Demand for Long Residential Lease should be used to demand ground rent from a tenant under a long lease. A long lease is a lease granted for a term of more than 21 years, although a 99 year or 999 year term is more common.
The Rent Demand is in the prescribed form required by section 166 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 and The Landlord and Tenant (Notice of Rent) (England) Regulations 2004.
If this prescribed form of Rent Demand is not used, or is not completed properly, the tenant is not required to pay his or her rent until a proper demand is made. It is therefore vital that the landlord fills in the form correctly. The form includes Notes for Landlords which should be followed carefully.
The Rent Demand does not need to be signed but the landlord’s name and address details need to be inserted where indicated. In order to comply with section 47 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, the address must be the landlord’s own address and not that of the landlord’s agent.
Landlords should also note the need to comply with section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. This states that a landlord must provide his tenant with an address in England and Wales where notices may be served on the landlord. This can be the landlord’s own address or the address of a managing agent or other third party. Unless and until this requirement has been complied with, any rent or service charge will not be legally due from the tenant. A section 48 notice may already have been given to the tenant, either in the lease or in separate correspondence. If it has not, it should be served with the Rent Demand. A Section 48 Notice of Landlord’s Address can be found in our Landlord Management Letters folder.
Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. This Ground Rent Demand for Long Residential Lease is in open format. Simply enter the relevant details on the dotted lines. The remainder of the form (including the Notes for Leaseholders and Notes for Landlords) should not be altered.
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