The Deregulation Act 2015 received its Royal Assent on 26 March 2015, just before Parliament was dissolved for the election. I have written a fair bit about the changes created by the Act so I will keep this brief.

Deposits

The tenancy deposit changes that fix the Superstrike situation and alter the Prescribed Information slightly come into force immediately. Therefore anyone who has taken a deposit prior to 6 April 2007 and whose tenancy became periodic after that date now has 90 days from 26 March, that is until 23 June 2015, to get that deposit into a scheme and serve the required Prescribed Information.

Section 21

The changes to section 21 notices which create limits on their use do not come into force yet and you should remember that even when they do come into force they only affect tenancies commenced after that date. 

The changes which create a new form of s21 notice come into force on 1 July 2015. Any tenancy created after that date will need to use a new style of s21 notice, tenancies create before then or which are based on renewals or extensions of tenancies created before then can use the old style notice although most people will probably find it easier to just switch to the new style notice and have done with it. From 1 June 2018 all ASTs will need to use the new style notice, irrespective of when they began.

The remaining changes to s21, that is the limit on serving them in the first four months and the various alterations regarding tenant complaints about condition do not come into force until 1 October 2015 and, again, are only applicable to new tenancies commencing after that date. The provisions will be applicable to all tenancies from 1 October 2018. 

There will no doubt be some confusion caused by these creeping changes. Agents and landlords will need to stay alert and think carefully about when a tenancy began before they do anything.