Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues

This section covers two aspects of legal issues regarding Landlords. First one being, legal requirements, second being general legal issues, from tenant eviction to unlawful entry (by the Landlord), plus a lot more.

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 Obligations/Issues / 11 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 […]

What To Do After Your Tenant’s Deposit Is Secured

What To Do After Your Tenant’s Deposit Is Secured

04 Feb 2013 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 8 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 Obligations/Issues / 5 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 Obligations/Issues / 34 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 Obligations/Issues / 21 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 Obligations/Issues / 39 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 Obligations/Issues / 13 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 Obligations/Issues / 37 Comments

Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way. It was one of those God awful scenarios where the only mildly positive takeaway was a “lesson well learned”; everything else about it was utter bullshit. If I hadn’t learned a lesson, I probably would have killed myself (or most likely my tenant). You know, I have […]

Landlords Responsibility to Repair And Maintain

Landlords Responsibility to Repair And Maintain

09 Feb 2012 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 19 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! Questions relating to repairs and maintenance in privately rented accommodation receives far more attention that any other […]

Electrical Safety For Landlords In Rental Property

Electrical Safety For Landlords In Rental Property

25 Aug 2011 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 130 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 Precautions

Landlord Health And Safety Precautions

09 Jun 2011 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 12 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 Obligations/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 […]

Should My Tenancy Deposit Be Protected?

Should My Tenancy Deposit Be Protected?

07 Mar 2011 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 4 Comments

From 6 April 2007, when a tenant pays a deposit for an Assured Shorthold Tenancy in England and Wales, the landlord or letting agent must protect the tenant’s deposit through a Government-backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme. From my experience, many landlords and letting agents still don’t protect the deposits, even though they’re legally obliged to. However, […]

Gas Safety Certificate For Landlords

Gas Safety Certificate For Landlords

22 Feb 2011 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 47 Comments

ORDER GAS SAFETY INSPECTION ONLINE Letting A Property offers a nationwide Gas Safety Certification and Boiler service for landlords from £69 (VAT included). Enjoy :) Gas Safety Certificate Content What is a Gas Safety Certificate? Which Gas Appliances should be checked? Do I need a Gas Safety Certificate? How often do I need a Gas […]

6 Tenancy Agreement Facts That Are Bullshit

6 Tenancy Agreement Facts That Are Bullshit

21 Jul 2010 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 39 Comments

1) You can’t let a property without a signed Tenancy Agreement Landlords don’t need a written Tenancy Agreement in order to legally let their property, although it is strongly advised. A tenancy Agreement can actually be an oral agreement, but it’s an extremely unsafe option. Generally, 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 Obligations/Issues / 0 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 Obligations/Issues / 7 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 Obligations/Issues / 9 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 Obligations/Issues / 5 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 Obligations/Issues / 13 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 Tenants Deposit Into A Scheme With In 14 Days

I Haven’t Protected My Tenants Deposit Into A Scheme With In 14 Days

02 Oct 2009 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 38 Comments

UPDATE: The Tenancy Deposit Protection legislation was updated on the 6th April 2012, consequently the information below is no longer valid. Here is the list of changes that were enforced from the 6th April 2012, relevant to original article: The landlord or agent must protect the deposit within 30 days from the start of the […]

Tenant’s Right To Live In Quiet Enjoyment

Tenant’s Right To Live In Quiet Enjoyment

12 Aug 2009 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 62 Comments

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

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 Obligations/Issues / 22 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 […]

Can My Tenant End A Tenancy Agreement Early?

Can My Tenant End A Tenancy Agreement Early?

09 Apr 2009 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 245 Comments

So, your tenant wants to vacate your property earlier than the dates agreed in the Tenancy Agreement – what are your rights? Can the tenant leave during the tenancy? If both parties agree If both landlord and tenant agrees to terminate the tenancy early, than that’s perfectly legal and valid. This is known as ‘Surrender’. […]

Tenant Completely Trashes Property

Tenant Completely Trashes Property

18 Mar 2009 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 5 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 Obligations/Issues / 19 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 Obligations/Issues / 193 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 Obligations/Issues / 24 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 :) Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Content […]

My Tenant Left Without Paying Bills

My Tenant Left Without Paying Bills

12 Nov 2007 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 17 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 Obligations/Issues / 11 Comments

Increasing rent can be a difficult issue, especially when you’re increasing rent to existing tenants. However, landlords will generally want to increase rent over time, to keep up with the level of inflation. Potential problems with increasing rent Here are the common problems that a landlord faces when considering the subject of an increase in […]

Landlord’s Right Of Entry

Landlord’s Right Of Entry

28 Jul 2007 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 325 Comments

It is in fact illegal for a landlord or agent to enter their property without agreement from the tenant. The office of fair trading document oft356 reads as follows: 3.32 We would object to a provision giving the landlord an excessive right to enter the rented property. Under any kind of lease or tenancy, a […]

Tenants Without A Written Contract- Verbal Tenancy Agreement

Tenants Without A Written Contract- Verbal Tenancy Agreement

24 Jul 2007 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 76 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 Deposit Scheme For Landlords

Tenancy Deposit Scheme For Landlords

30 Mar 2007 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 128 Comments

What is a Tenancy Deposit Scheme? From 6 April 2007, when a tenant pays a deposit to a landlord or letting agent for an assured shorthold tenancy in England and Wales, it must be protected through 1 of 3 Government-backed tenancy deposit schemes: Deposit Protection Service MyDeposits Tenancy Deposit Scheme Why was the Tenancy Deposit […]

Landlord Legal Responsibilities, Obligations & Regulations

Landlord Legal Responsibilities, Obligations & Regulations

19 Feb 2007 / Landlord Legal Obligations/Issues / 398 Comments

As a landlord there are a number of legal obligations you MUST (and should) abide by. These are all necessary obligations; failing to comply with these could result in prosecution. Please note, regulations vary depending on the type of property. The regulations discussed in this article are for private residential properties, which may not necessarily […]