Firstly, what I would like to point out for our Redbrick Properties Full Management landlords, is that this is something we take care of for you, so you have no need to worry.
For our Let-Only and Referral landlords, this is something you would need to do yourselves should you need to, but we are always here to help and advise you.
In the event that a landlord fails to provide a valid service address, the consequence would be that any claim by the landlord for rent, rent arrears, service charges or administration charges is not enforceable by a court of law.
Such a consequence could have a huge impact on a landlord's yields, profits and most likely their personal happiness.
Funds that otherwise would have been due, instead are treated only as becoming due when the landlord complies with the law and gives correct notice, despite any previous demand served. The landlord is prevented from enforcing recovery of any rent or service charges until the correct notice is given.
The actual S48 from the Landlord and Tenant act 1987 states:
Notification by landlord of address for service of notices.
(1) A landlord of premises to which this Part applies shall by notice furnish the tenant with an address in England and Wales at which notices (including notices in proceedings) may be served on him by the tenant.
(2) Where a landlord of any such premises fails to comply with subsection (1), any rent [F1, service charge or administration charge] otherwise due from the tenant to the landlord shall (subject to subsection (3)) be treated for all purposes as not being due from the tenant to the landlord at any time before the landlord does comply with that subsection.
(3) Any such rent [F2, service charge or administration charge] shall not be so treated in relation to any time when, by virtue of an order of any court [F3or tribunal], there is in force an appointment of a receiver or manager whose functions include the receiving of rent [F4, service charges or (as the case may be) administration charges] from the tenant.