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Address for Service

  • S.48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 requires that a tenant is provided with an address where notices can be served on the landlord. This address must be in England or Wales and can be the name and address of any managing agent - it need not be the landlord's address, but see note below!
  • It is important that tenants forward to the address for service any correspondence sent to the landlord or "the owner" of any rented property. Tenants are normally contractually responsible for the consequence of failing to forward or advise the existence of such notices. This might include letters or utility bills which if neglected may result in services being disconnected. The tenant cannot then reasonably deny responsibility or fault and will suffer the loss of the service disconnected and the reconnection charges as well as any meter or locks replaced in the process at the demand of the utility supplier.
  • Note, under S.1 of the landlord and Tenant Act 1995, a tenant who requests in writing, a landlord's address, must be provided within 21 days of the tenant requesting and this must also be provided in writing. It is a criminal offense to fail to comply with such request.
Published: 5 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021