Landlord Legal Issues for UK Landlords in England & Wales

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.

Are Landlords Responsible For Their Noisy Tenants? 1

Are Landlords Responsible For Their Noisy Tenants?

Landlord Electrical Safety Regulations / Certificates (England & Wales) 309

Landlord Electrical Safety Regulations / Certificates (England & Wales)

The Landlords Guide To The “Tenant Fees Act 2020” 79

The Landlords Guide To The “Tenant Fees Act 2020”

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – What Landlords Need To Know! 34

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – What Landlords Need To Know!

What You Need To Know Before Renting Out Your Residential Home 81

What You Need To Know Before Renting Out Your Residential Home

What Landlords Need To Do To Comply With GDPR 59

What Landlords Need To Do To Comply With GDPR

HMO Legal Requirements & Regulations (England Only) 9

HMO Legal Requirements & Regulations (England Only)

Landlord Guide On The Legionella Risk Assessment Legislation 32

Landlord Guide On The Legionella Risk Assessment Legislation

What Landlords Can’t Do (But Often Do Anyways) 17

What Landlords Can’t Do (But Often Do Anyways)

Landlord Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation & Acknowledgement Form 33

Landlord Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation & Acknowledgement Form

Landlords In England Must Serve The “How To Rent” Guide To Tenants 22

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

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks 33

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks

Landlord Selective Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When? 164

Landlord Selective Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

Do Landlords Need A New Gas Safety Certificate Between Tenants? 31

Do Landlords Need A New Gas Safety Certificate Between Tenants?

How Long is ‘2 Months In Rent Arrears’, Really? 10

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

Landlords Responsibility to Repair And Maintain 62

Landlords Responsibility to Repair And Maintain

Routine Health And Safety Checks All Landlords Should Do 17

Routine Health And Safety Checks All Landlords Should Do

Landlords That Discriminate Against Tenants 12

Landlords That Discriminate Against Tenants

Landlord Gas Safety Report/Check & Certificate (CP12) Guide 69

Landlord Gas Safety Report/Check & Certificate (CP12) Guide

How To Make A Complaint Against Your Letting Agent 195

How To Make A Complaint Against Your Letting Agent

What Is ‘The Housing Act 1988’? Explained. 6

What Is ‘The Housing Act 1988’? Explained.

The Penalties For Breaking Landlord Laws 11

The Penalties For Breaking Landlord Laws

Tenant’s Right To Live In “Quiet Enjoyment” 81

Tenant’s Right To Live In “Quiet Enjoyment”

Landlord Changes Locks To keep Scumbag Tenants Out – But Is It Legal? 332

Landlord Changes Locks To keep Scumbag Tenants Out – But Is It Legal?

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Guide For Landlords 112

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Guide For Landlords

Landlord’s Right Of Entry Explained 588

Landlord’s Right Of Entry Explained

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