This is the fourth part of a series of posts looking at some of the housing related changes being brought in by the Deregulation Act 2015.
Part 4. Agents
This part looks at a fix which the Deregulation Act applies in respect of a problem that had arisen when a landlord was using an agent.
The vast majority of deposits are dealt with by letting agents on behalf of their landlords and they generally deal not only with the protection of the deposit money but also with the service of the prescribed information.
Unfortunately the original act did not make it sufficiently clear that the provision of an agents details in the notice was the same as the provision of the landlords details. I understand that there were some County Court decisions where this was an issue.
Happily the Deregulation Act now states categorically that when the rules refer to the landlords details, this will include the details of his agent.
So hopefully there will be no more misunderstandings here.
This is the last of the changes that come into force immediately. Next time we will move to look at some of the other changes that will be coming into force later.