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New Accelerated Possession Form

Posted 28.11.17

Please be aware that HMCTS has released a new version of the N5b Claim Form for Accelerated Possession Claims.   This is the form used for court possession after a Section 21 has expired and the new form takes into account the requirements of the Deregulation Act concerning tenancies which came into force on 1st October 2015.

The new form  requires the landlord to complete confirmations that:

  • The property is licensed, if it is required to be
  • An EPC has been provided to the tenant (and when)
  • The gas certificate (if required) has been provided (and when)
  • For private landlords, the ‘How to Rent’ Booklet has been provided (and when and how)
  • All the deposit requirements have been complied with (and when)
  • There has not been a ‘relevant notice’ (Improvement Order or Emergency Remedial Order) served and…N5B - relevant noticeSo, finally the N5B now reflects the statutory obligations and asks the landlord to confirm those requirements to the court. This must be used for accelerated possession claims now, and most certainly for any tenancy (or renewal tenancy) that started on or after 1 October 2015

 

The new forms can be found at:

https://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/HMCTS/GetForm.do?court_forms_id=618