Landlord Legal advice & tips for UK Landlords

This is probably the most important section of the entire website for residential landlords in England & Wales.

Sadly, many new and even experienced landlords aren’t aware of their legal rights and obligations. Needless to say, with so many cowboys polluting this industry, knowledge goes a long way.

This section covers a broad range of legal issues that ALL landlords should be aware of, which includes detailed discussions on specific laws (e.g Landlords right of entry), new and amended landlord legislations, my own personal experiences (including my gripes) with the law, and most crucially, a comprehensive breakdown of a bunch of landlord legal requirements.

I do want to make it clear that I am not a legal professional, I am not qualified to legally advise anyone. Everything written on my blog is my opinion and mostly based on my own experiences. Having said that, I do try to make sure the content is accurate as possible. I will always recommend you seek legal or professional advice on any legal matters!

Landlord Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation & Release Form

Landlord Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation & Release Form

16 Sep 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 33 Comments

Apologies in advance for what will probably unravel to be one of the most mundane and disengaging blog posts of the year. I wouldn’t wish this article upon my worst enemy, because there’s absolutely nothing exhilarating about a couple of inanimate devices that you can’t install apps or watch porn on, that’s for damn sure. […]

Landlords In England Must Serve The “How To Rent” Guide To Tenants

Landlords In England Must Serve The “How To Rent” Guide To Tenants

01 Jul 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 0 Comments

I haven’t really spoken much about this, and rightly so, because it’s as boring as shit- and the whole thing is kinda’ pointless if you ask me. But what can ya’ do? Despite my ‘blogging fingers’ being put to absolute waste with this subject matter, I feel I should say something, because it’s rather quite […]

My Tenant Left Their Belongings Behind In The Property

My Tenant Left Their Belongings Behind In The Property

01 Apr 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 1 Comment

I got caught out by this vicious little hurdle in the past. I’m not even going to sugar coat it, it’s simply stone-cold infuriating and frustrating. It’s one massive ball-ache. A couple of years ago I had a tenant leave behind a whole mountain of his possessions, which I could only consider to be a […]

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals- Tenant Or Landlord?

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals- Tenant Or Landlord?

26 Mar 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 105 Comments

Chaps, remember a couple of months ago, all the way back in gloomy January 2015, when I publicly broke down into a hysterical heap of oestrogen and wrote an emotional blog post about my personal battle with old age, and specifically how my symptoms were aggressively starting to surface? The tell-tale signs being the sudden […]

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks

05 Nov 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 27 Comments

Another day, another incoming landlord legal requirement to ruin our lives and add to the forever growing list. Sigh. This one is about the hot topic of immigration- it was bound to happen. The Government needs to look like it’s doing something about the issue to restore faith in those wallowing around in upheave- so […]

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

12 May 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 92 Comments

There was a time when ONLY landlords of House of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) required a license to let their property, while the rest of us were spared. But that was back when we were living blissfully in ignorance. Alas, since then some very rich and powerful people sat down with some super smart statistical analysts […]

My Tenant Won’t Let Me Into The Property

My Tenant Won’t Let Me Into The Property

30 Mar 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 23 Comments

This can be a tragic dilemma. A genuine hair-ripping-out moment. If you’re reading this article because you’re currently caught in this predicament, then you’re probably feeling worried and angry. It’s normal. You are NOT alone. When tenants don’t allow their landlord to enter the property it’s usually because one of the following reasons… Rogue tenants […]

Do Landlords Need A New Gas Safety Certificate Between Tenants?

Do Landlords Need A New Gas Safety Certificate Between Tenants?

20 Feb 2013 / Landlord Legal Issues / 18 Comments

There was some confusion on my blog earlier today, over in the Gas Safety Certificate blog post. A Mrs Tara Plumbing left a comment saying that the information on the web page was incorrect- you can only imagine how my plump ego took that. The piece of information in question was where I said a […]

After Your Tenant’s Deposit Is Secured- Prescribed Information Guide

After Your Tenant’s Deposit Is Secured- Prescribed Information Guide

04 Feb 2013 / Landlord Legal Issues / 21 Comments

Securing a tenant’s deposit is a pretty run of the mill process for landlords these days. Nothing new there; seems pretty straight forward; you secure your tenant’s deposit online, perhaps simultaneously watch a little bit of porn to fill in the page-loading blanks, job done. Sadly, the golden days are only but a distant memory. […]

How Long is ‘2 Months In Arrears’, Really?

How Long is ‘2 Months In Arrears’, Really?

12 Nov 2012 / Landlord Legal Issues / 8 Comments

This is going to be a quick, snappy post! ‘Less is more’ right now (but that’s clearly 100% untrue when I publish one of my long-arse bullshit posts!). How long is 2 months in arrears? Seems like a stupid question because the answer is in the question, right? Well, kinda’ I’ve realised there is some […]

How To Fill In A Section 21 Notice

How To Fill In A Section 21 Notice

03 Nov 2012 / Landlord Legal Issues / 65 Comments

For those that have been keeping up with my shenanigans, you’ll be aware that I was in the process of serving my tenants with a section 21 notice on the basis that they’re inconsiderate, lousy, no-good, late-paying fools! I’m done with them. I wash my hands of them. Crazy tenants. The thing about Section 21 […]

Late Rent Payment Fees

Late Rent Payment Fees

05 Oct 2012 / Landlord Legal Issues / 31 Comments

Like many of you (I’m sure), during my spare time I like to kick back, relax and bury my head in an assortment of Tenancy Agreements for some light reading. May I add, the ladies love it. It’s like walking around a park with a newborn. I haven’t read many tenancy agreements which enforce “late […]

Can I Stop My Filthy Tenant From Smoking?

Can I Stop My Filthy Tenant From Smoking?

10 Aug 2012 / Landlord Legal Issues / 46 Comments

Smoking. I don’t get it (and nor should you!). I remember trying my first ciggy at the tender age of 14. I was in the midst of a tragic family holiday in Magaluf (my parents were blissfully unaware of Magaluf’s reputation). Great holiday. I wasn’t bullied into taking my first drag (which seems to be […]

How Do I Stop Being A Tenant Guarantor?

How Do I Stop Being A Tenant Guarantor?

31 Jul 2012 / Landlord Legal Issues / 28 Comments

Common problem, common question. Unfortunately, the question is usually posed by a weepy-eyed do-gooder that wears their heart on their sleeve and was only too happy to vouch for a loved one, no questions asked. That’s usually the problem, no questions were asked. I’m pretty sure a lot of guarantors don’t fully understand what their […]

Serving A Section 21 At The Beginning Of A Tenancy

Serving A Section 21 At The Beginning Of A Tenancy

03 Jul 2012 / Landlord Legal Issues / 48 Comments

UPDATE 27/09/2015: As of October 2015, Landlords in England will no longer be able to serve a section 21 at the beginning of a tenancy if the tenancy started on or after October 2015, they will now need to wait 4 months into the tenancy. For more details, please go to the new 2015 section […]

Landlords Responsibility to Repair And Maintain

Landlords Responsibility to Repair And Maintain

09 Feb 2012 / Landlord Legal Issues / 42 Comments

I’m continually amazed by the amount of landlords and tenants that are completely oblivious to their statutory rights, especially in regards to an imperative issue like repairs and maintenance. I suppose ignorance is bliss… until you get sued, that is! From my experience, questions relating to repairs and maintenance receives far more attention than any […]

Electrical Safety For Landlords In Rental Property

Electrical Safety For Landlords In Rental Property

25 Aug 2011 / Landlord Legal Issues / 145 Comments

There is an unfortunate grey area around what landlords must do to fulfil their legal obligations concerning electrical systems and electrical equipment. Hopefully this article will clear some of those issues up. Landlord Legal Obligations to Electrical Safety There is currently no law that states a landlord must perform annual electrical safety checks (or any […]

Landlord Health And Safety Checks

Landlord Health And Safety Checks

09 Jun 2011 / Landlord Legal Issues / 17 Comments

For those that have been awesome enough to keep on top of my blog, you’ll be aware that I’m currently going through a transitional period of moving old tenants out, and new ones in. For those that aren’t awesome, consider yourself caught up on my current landlord related affairs, and feel free to feel awesome! […]

Landlords That Discriminate Against Tenants

Landlords That Discriminate Against Tenants

26 Apr 2011 / Landlord Legal Issues / 12 Comments

I had it all planned out in my head that I was going to write a blog post about ‘Ending Tenancy Agreements’- it was supposed to be one of those useful but mundane topics. Fortunately, I got distracted by a thread on the landlord-forum.co.uk website (link has been removed) regarding discrimination. Transsexualism in specific. Landlord-forum.co.uk […]

Landlord Gas Safety & Gas Safety Certificate

Landlord Gas Safety & Gas Safety Certificate

22 Feb 2011 / Landlord Legal Issues / 53 Comments

ORDER GAS SAFETY INSPECTION ONLINE Letting A Property offers a nationwide Gas Safety Certification and Boiler service for landlords from £89 (VAT included). Enjoy :) Gas Safety Certificate Content Landlord’s responsibility for Gas Safety What is a Gas Safety Certificate? Which Gas Appliances should be checked? Do I need a Gas Safety Certificate? How often […]

Tenancy Agreement “Facts” That Are Bullshit

Tenancy Agreement “Facts” That Are Bullshit

21 Jul 2010 / Landlord Legal Issues / 80 Comments

1) A tenancy isn’t legal without a signed Tenancy Agreement Landlords don’t need a written Tenancy Agreement in order to create a legally binding tenancy, although it is strongly advised. A tenancy Agreement can actually be an oral agreement– an extremely unsafe option. In most cases, if a tenant pays less than 100k per year […]

What Is ‘The Housing Act 1988’?

What Is ‘The Housing Act 1988’?

16 Jul 2010 / Landlord Legal Issues / 3 Comments

Anyone who’s a landlord or tenant may have come across the term “The housing Act 1988”, it’s usually referenced multiple times in Tenancy Agreements Essentially, the act is the law which governs the Private Rented Sector. It’s the rule book covering the statutory rights and legal responsibilities for both landlords and tenants. This is NOT […]

My Tenant Has Changed The Door Locks, Can He Do that?

My Tenant Has Changed The Door Locks, Can He Do that?

16 Feb 2010 / Landlord Legal Issues / 10 Comments

Just a quick answer to an ever increasingly asked question: can tenants legally change the door locks? In short, yes. The tenant does not have to give the landlord a key, but s/he must continue to allow the landlord reasonable access to carry out repairs. In the event that the tenant does unreasonably withhold access, […]

What Landlords Should Know About ‘White Goods’

What Landlords Should Know About ‘White Goods’

14 Dec 2009 / Landlord Legal Issues / 13 Comments

I’ve been getting a few emails from folks regarding the details of “White goods”, so I thought I’d quickly jot down what I know about the issue. It’s not exactly the most exciting topic, but it’s an area worth knowing about if you’re a landlord. What are “white goods”? White goods refer to large electrical […]

The Penalties For Breaking Landlord Laws

The Penalties For Breaking Landlord Laws

08 Dec 2009 / Landlord Legal Issues / 6 Comments

Landlord law is a pretty gray area from what I’ve noticed over the years, as in, penalties always seem to differ, even if the crimes being committed are similar to one another. But it does make sense, because in almost every legal battle, the circumstances between tenant and landlord or landlord and property are pretty […]

Idiot Tenant Sets Fire To Property- What To Do?

Idiot Tenant Sets Fire To Property- What To Do?

26 Oct 2009 / Landlord Legal Issues / 14 Comments

I came across an interesting thread on the Property Tribes forum earlier. A landlord had her property accidently set on fire by her tenant, to the point where it became uninhabitable. Here’s how the landlord explained it: Yesterday one of my tenants ran out of electric on her meter and rather than topping up the […]

I Haven’t Protected My Tenant’s Deposit, What Should I Do?

I Haven’t Protected My Tenant’s Deposit, What Should I Do?

02 Oct 2009 / Landlord Legal Issues / 186 Comments

For a general view and background on tenancy deposits, please refer to the tenancy deposit guide. For those of you that are familiar with the legislation but have failed to protect your tenant(s) deposit, you’re in the right place. Brief reminder of what is required to comply with the Tenancy Deposit Legislation To be in […]

Tenant’s Right To Live In Quiet Enjoyment

Tenant’s Right To Live In Quiet Enjoyment

12 Aug 2009 / Landlord Legal Issues / 69 Comments

A few days ago there was a little debate on Twitter about whether a landlord or letting agent had the right to enter a tenant’s property during the last month of the fixed term to take viewings, without giving notice to the tenant. To me, that instantly seemed pretty ridiculous. I was pretty adamant that […]

How Much Should Landlords Pay For An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

How Much Should Landlords Pay For An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

16 Apr 2009 / Landlord Legal Issues / 24 Comments

I had to get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the first time recently. It was made a legal requirement for all landlords back in October 2008. Booo! Meh, waste of time and money as far as I’m concerned. From my experience, tenants don’t give a shit about how energy efficient a property is. In […]

Tenant Completely Trashes Property

Tenant Completely Trashes Property

18 Mar 2009 / Landlord Legal Issues / 6 Comments

Errr…I found this clip on the Property Hawk website. It’s footage of what a landlord was welcomed to after a tenant had checked out. I can’t seem to find more details about the case, but have a look at the visuals… I’m assuming the previous tenant has yet to grasp the concept of being “human”. […]

Gas Safe Register Has Replaced CORGI Gas Registration

Gas Safe Register Has Replaced CORGI Gas Registration

17 Mar 2009 / Landlord Legal Issues / 21 Comments

Thanks to a reader I was informed about an extremely vital change regarding gas safety legal obligations, which concerns ALL landlords. On 8 September 2008, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) awarded a new 10 year contract to Capita Group plc to provide a new registration scheme for gas installers. This will begin on 1 […]

Landlord Changes Locks To keep Scumbag Tenants Out

Landlord Changes Locks To keep Scumbag Tenants Out

04 Dec 2008 / Landlord Legal Issues / 241 Comments

One of the most active and interesting articles (in my opinion) on this website is the I’m evicting my tenants post. The post is basically about me throwing my toys out of the pram and having a gutless whinge about my tenant, and how I want to evict her stupid ass. For the record, if […]

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) For Landlords

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) For Landlords

18 Aug 2008 / Landlord Legal Issues / 30 Comments

SPECIAL OFFER ON EPC’s Letting A Property have recently reduced the cost of their Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s). You can now get an EPC for £69 (VAT INC). If the property is located in Scotland, the price is £99 (VAT INC)– simply go here to purchase your EPC. Enjoy :) Page contents: What is an […]

My Tenant Left Without Paying Bills

My Tenant Left Without Paying Bills

12 Nov 2007 / Landlord Legal Issues / 29 Comments

One of my “problem” tenant’s vacated one of my properties after being evicted, but she left behind unpaid gas and electricity bills. The bills totaled to approximately £200. This particular tenant had already cost me money (eviction fees, the rent she failed to pay..etc), so there was no way I was going to part with […]

Increasing Your Tenants Rent

Increasing Your Tenants Rent

04 Oct 2007 / Landlord Legal Issues / 32 Comments

Increasing rent can be a difficult issue, especially when you’re looking to hike up the rent for your existing tenants. However, often landlords need to increase rent over time, to keep up with the level of inflation / cost of living and of course, general greed. It’s actually better to gradually increase rent rather than […]

Landlord’s Right Of Entry

Landlord’s Right Of Entry

28 Jul 2007 / Landlord Legal Issues / 550 Comments

It is in fact illegal for a landlord or agent to enter the property without permission from the tenant. Ultimately, a landlord has no right of entry unless the tenant grants them access or the landlord is given permission by the courts. The office of fair trading document oft356 reads as follows: 3.32 We would […]

Tenants Without A Written Contract- Verbal Tenancy Agreement

Tenants Without A Written Contract- Verbal Tenancy Agreement

24 Jul 2007 / Landlord Legal Issues / 113 Comments

Earlier today I received a phonecall from a friend of mine; she explained to me that her landlord has requested for her to vacate his property by Saturday (4 days away). They had a dispute over the payment of rent. She was in a panic because finding a reasonably priced place to rent in London […]

Tenancy Security Deposits Guide For Landlords

Tenancy Security Deposits Guide For Landlords

30 Mar 2007 / Landlord Legal Issues / 160 Comments

Page contents: What is a tenancy deposit? Do I have to take a deposit from my tenants? How much deposit should/can I take? Property inventory/schedule of condition What is a Tenancy Deposit Scheme? Why was the Tenancy Deposit Scheme introduced? How does the Deposit Scheme work? Once the deposit is protected Who does the deposit […]

Landlord Legal Responsibilities, Obligations & Regulations

Landlord Legal Responsibilities, Obligations & Regulations

19 Feb 2007 / Landlord Legal Issues / 443 Comments

As a landlord there are a number of legal responsibilities and obligations which you MUST (and should) abide by. These are all necessary; failing to comply with these could result in prosecution. Please note, this article is for private residential properties in England and Wales that is Governed under the Housing Act (the official rule […]