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Ash, Solicitor
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We have recently been issued with a section 21 and two

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Dear Sir/Madam,
We have recently been issued with a section 21 and two months notice to vacate our rental property. The form issued was the new form (6a) as we have renewed our AST since 1st October 2015. I have read about the validity of the new section 21 process and I am fairly sure the notice we have been served is invalid.
Firstly I understand that because we renewed our agreement after 1st of October 2015, in order to be valid the landlord must have provided a copy of 'How to Rent - The Checklist for Renting in England". We have never been given this.
Secondly, the landlord has signed the agreement with their company name, not an actual persons signature. Would that stand up in court? As I understand it, writing a letting agents company name in a signature box, is not an authorised signatory.
Any advise is appreciated.
Best regards,

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Do you accept should the notice be valid you would have to move?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Alex,I would rather do this in writing. I accept that if the notice is valid we are required to move.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are you able to check if my points above are correct and deem the notice invalid?

Was it a new tenancy or renewal of an existing one?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was a renewal of an existing tenancy that we signed.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just to add to that, it was our second year. So the initial tenancy agreement was 1 year with a 6 month break clause. We then signed a renewal that enabled the landlord to give 60 days notice.

If you were not given the booklet it makes the s.21 invalid.

If it was not signed by a person rather than a company then it is also not valid.

So the section 21 notice is not valid in law so has no meaning.

Can I clairfy anything for you about this today please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks so much for your help. Should I dispute this with the agents early, or wait until they file for an accelerated possession order and provide the invalid section 21 to the courts?

Its up to you, but in reality a Court would expect you to raise is when you realise.

Does that clarify?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's perfect. Thanks Alex.

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