Letter from New Landlord (Section 3 and Section 48)
This Letter from New Landlord (Section 3 and Section 48) can be used when a tenanted property is bought and the new owner becomes Landlord to the existing Tenant. It complies with the notification requirements of Section 3 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. It serves as a covering letter for the Rent Authority Letter and also confirms the new owner’s name, home or business address, address for service of documents (which may be different, e.g., an agent’s address) and bank details. A standing order form can be enclosed if rent is to be paid by standing order.
Section 3 requires the new landlord to give the tenant notice in writing of the sale of the property, and of the new landlord’s name and address, not later than the next day on which rent is payable under the tenancy or, if that is within two months of the assignment, the end of that period of two months.
With residential tenants it is particularly important to provide details of the Landlord’s address for service. Under section 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, rent is not treated as lawfully due from a residential tenant unless the Landlord has provided a name and address at which notices must be served.
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