By Roisin McGlinn

The Deregulation Act 2015 (the DA) significantly extended the obligations of landlords in the residential rental sector in England. The DA requirements do not apply to tenancies of properties in Wales.

The Act was of equal significance to fixed charge receivers who automatically assume the landlord’s legal duties to the tenant upon appointment. Whilst the requirements of the DA initially applied only to assured shorthold tenancies granted in England on or after 1 October 2015, from 1 October 2018, they will apply generally to all assured shorthold tenancies in England regardless of the date it was granted. This legal update will recap the key provisions that came into force in 2015, cover the changes that came into force on 1 October 2018 and highlight the principal considerations for fixed charge receivers.