Keeping Your Tenancies on Track:
Why Section 3 and 48 Notices Matter (and How We Can Help)

As a landlord or tenant in the UK, navigating the legalities of your tenancy can sometimes feel like wading through a sea of paperwork. Two particularly important notices you might encounter are the Section 3 Notice and the Section 48 Notice, both covered by separate pieces of legislation. However, many property developers and landlords are unfortunately overlooking serving these notices, leading to potential confusion and even legal issues.

Thankfully at LPS, we understand the importance of proper tenancy management. That is why we have a dedicated in-house property solicitor readily available to ensure all legal requirements are met. This includes ensuring Section 3 and 48 Notices are served promptly and accurately.

Let us break down what each notice means and why they are important for a smooth tenancy.

Section 3 Notice: Informing Tenants of a Change in Ownership

Imagine you are a tenant and the property you are renting changes hands. This is where the Section 3 Notice comes in. It is a legal requirement under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 for the new landlord to inform you in writing that they have taken over ownership of the property.

The notice should ideally be served within two months of the ownership change, but at the latest, by the next rent due date. This ensures a clear transition and avoids any confusion about who to contact regarding rent payments or maintenance issues.

Section 48 Notice: Providing a Contact Point for Tenants

The Section 48 Notice, on the other hand, is all about communication channels. This notice, outlined in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, requires the landlord to provide their tenant with a designated address in England or Wales. This address serves as the official point of contact for the tenant to serve any notices on the landlord throughout the tenancy.

Think of it as a dedicated mailbox for all your communication needs. Whether it is a repair request, a notice of intention to vacate, or any other official communication, the tenant knows exactly where to send it, whether it is an agency acting on their behalf or the landlord directly.

Benefits of Serving These Notices

Following these legal requirements ensures a smooth and transparent tenancy for both parties. Here's how:

Clarity for Tenants: Tenants have a clear understanding of who their landlord is and how to reach them.
Reduced Disputes: Proper communication channels minimize misunderstandings and potential disputes.
Legal Compliance: Serving these notices is a legal obligation, and failing to do so could have consequences.

Why landlords are not serving these notices.

We manage a number of properties within developments in Liverpool on behalf of the developer or their assigned management company, and in our experience, these notices are rarely being received by the tenant when the property is sold or completes to a new landlord. Unless the landlords, their solicitor or the developer informs us of the change in legal owner, then we are oblivious that action needs to be taken.

The simple reason is that most landlords or developers do not know this legal process and so rely on the expertise of the solicitor. But, worryingly, we are finding that some solicitors do not even know how to serve these notices and we are having to guide them. 

The LPS Advantage: In-House Property Expertise Makes a Difference

Our dedicated in-house property solicitor is keeping our landlords – and even solicitors – on the straight and narrow when it comes to Section 3 and 48 Notices. When you work with LPS, navigating the legalities of your tenancy will no longer feel like wading through a sea of paperwork because we will be there to guide and support you, whatever the issue.

Don’t let notices become a headache.

If you have bought a unit with a tenant or PMA in existence, then you must double check these legal notices are served. If you have any questions about Section 3 or 48 Notices, our team is here to help. Contact us today.