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 or obligations, which ultimately makes them prime pickings for either self-inflicted prosecution (e.g. for failing to meet their legal obligations) or the victim of exploitation, by one of many cowboys polluting this frighteningly spineless industry, whether that be rogue tenant or rouge agent.

Being a landlord blogger of several years (holy moly, can’t believe it’s been that long!), I’ve had the unfortunate opportunity of hearing more gut-wrenching horror stories by fellow landlords than I care to remember, which in the vast majority of cases could have either been completely avoided, or much less painful, if only they had taken the time to research their legal rights and obligations. What it really boils down to is ignorance, and dare I say, perhaps laziness in some cases.

In hope of combating at least the ignorance, I’ve covered a broad range of common legal issues, in which I’ve tried to explain in layman’s terms, that all landlords should be aware of, including 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.

That said, 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 this website is my opinion and based on my own experiences. While I do try to make sure the content as accurate as possible, I will still always recommend for you to seek legal or professional advice on any legal matters.

Landlord Guide On The Legionella Risk Assessment Legislation 18 May 2017 17

Landlord Guide On The Legionella Risk Assessment Legislation

My Tenant Is Threatening Legal Action Because I Didn’t Secure The Deposit 24 Nov 2016 80

My Tenant Is Threatening Legal Action Because I Didn’t Secure The Deposit

Landlord Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation & Release Form 16 Sep 2015 33

Landlord Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation & Release Form

Landlords In England Must Serve The “How To Rent” Guide To Tenants 01 Jul 2015 7

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

My Tenant Left Their Belongings Behind In The Property 01 Apr 2015 1

My Tenant Left Their Belongings Behind In The Property

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals- Tenant Or Landlord? 26 Mar 2015 127

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

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks 05 Nov 2014 27

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When? 12 May 2014 131

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

My Tenant Won’t Let Me Into The Property 30 Mar 2014 26

My Tenant Won’t Let Me Into The Property

Do Landlords Need A New Gas Safety Certificate Between Tenants? 20 Feb 2013 19

Do Landlords Need A New Gas Safety Certificate Between Tenants?

After Your Tenant’s Deposit Is Secured- Prescribed Information Guide 04 Feb 2013 27

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

How Long is ‘2 Months In Arrears’, Really? 12 Nov 2012 9

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

How To Fill In A Section 21 Notice 03 Nov 2012 67

How To Fill In A Section 21 Notice

Late Rent Payment Fees 05 Oct 2012 36

Late Rent Payment Fees

Can I Stop My Filthy Tenant From Smoking? 10 Aug 2012 55

Can I Stop My Filthy Tenant From Smoking?

How Do I Stop Being A Tenant Guarantor? 31 Jul 2012 39

How Do I Stop Being A Tenant Guarantor?

Serving A Section 21 At The Beginning Of A Tenancy 03 Jul 2012 52

Serving A Section 21 At The Beginning Of A Tenancy

Landlords Responsibility to Repair And Maintain 09 Feb 2012 52

Landlords Responsibility to Repair And Maintain

Electrical Safety For Landlords In Rental Property 25 Aug 2011 152

Electrical Safety For Landlords In Rental Property

Landlord Health And Safety Checks 09 Jun 2011 17

Landlord Health And Safety Checks

Landlords That Discriminate Against Tenants 26 Apr 2011 12

Landlords That Discriminate Against Tenants

Landlord Gas Safety Guide & Certificate 22 Feb 2011 62

Landlord Gas Safety Guide & Certificate

What Is ‘The Housing Act 1988’? 16 Jul 2010 5

What Is ‘The Housing Act 1988’?

My Tenant Has Changed The Door Locks, Can He Do that? 16 Feb 2010 12

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

The Penalties For Breaking Landlord Laws 08 Dec 2009 7

The Penalties For Breaking Landlord Laws

Idiot Tenant Sets Fire To Property- What To Do? 26 Oct 2009 14

Idiot Tenant Sets Fire To Property- What To Do?

Tenant’s Right To Live In Quiet Enjoyment 12 Aug 2009 74

Tenant’s Right To Live In Quiet Enjoyment

How Much Should Landlords Pay For An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)? 16 Apr 2009 22

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

Tenant Completely Trashes Property 18 Mar 2009 7

Tenant Completely Trashes Property

Gas Safe Register Has Replaced CORGI Gas Registration 17 Mar 2009 20

Gas Safe Register Has Replaced CORGI Gas Registration

Landlord Changes Locks To keep Scumbag Tenants Out 04 Dec 2008 275

Landlord Changes Locks To keep Scumbag Tenants Out

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Guide For Landlords 18 Aug 2008 37

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Guide For Landlords

My Tenant Left Without Paying Bills 12 Nov 2007 34

My Tenant Left Without Paying Bills

Increasing Your Tenants Rent 04 Oct 2007 43

Increasing Your Tenants Rent

Landlord’s Right Of Entry 28 Jul 2007 572

Landlord’s Right Of Entry

Tenancy Security Deposits Guide For Landlords 30 Mar 2007 161

Tenancy Security Deposits Guide For Landlords