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Responding to S.25 Notices
QUESTION: I received a section 25 notice from my landlord three months ago and have still not dealt with it. Is there anything I can do to put it right?

Don’t panic. To be a valid notice under section 25 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, the termination date in the notice cannot be earlier than the contractual termination date in your lease and at least six months - but not more than 12 months - from the date the notice was served. Therefore, in your case, you have another three months to decide what to do.

However, you should check the notice carefully to ascertain whether it is relying on the grounds set out in section 30(1) of the act to oppose the granting of a re-lease. If your landlord is opposing, consult your solicitor immediately.

If the landlord is willing to grant a new lease consider its suggested terms contained in the notice. Such terms are often unacceptable and professional advice is required.

Appoint a surveyor with local market knowledge who can negotiate terms with your landlord’s surveyors. And appoint a solicitor to advise on the notice’s validity and to deal with the new lease’s negotiation and completion.

The termination date on the notice is crucial. Unless you agree a prior written extension with your landlord, an application to court for a new tenancy must be made by this date. Failure to do so will result in your losing your statutory rights of renewal.

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