Help on using Landlord Law

FAQ

Frequently asked questions  (FAQ)

Although there are a few general FAQ about Landlord Law >> here, most of our FAQ are answers to commonly asked questions about landlord and tenant law and practice.

FAQ have always been a popular part of Landlord Law and there are extensive FAQ for both landlords and tenants. You will find them (if you are a logged in member) all linked from the special FAQ pages via green navigation bar above and also the tenants and landlords links blocks which sometimes appears in the right margin.

Articles

Articles

These are information articles on varous topics.  Some are general for example we have a series about the English Legal System (with particular emphasis on how it affect housing matters).  Others are on specific housing topics such as tenancy deposits and HMOs.

The articles are in pdf format and are laid out in two columns.  They are mostly 'embedded' in the Landlord Law pages, although you can also download them to your computer if you wish (although please do not pass them on to non Landlord Law members). 

Books

Books

Books are for more complex topics with lots of text and sections.  This help section is a book. 

With books you will not find any blocks/banners on your right, but will see a helpful index of the book content on your left, with perhaps some other information and picture blocks below.

The Document Generator

This is special software on the site which allows members to create a document of a particular type tailored to your needs.  Unlike filling in a pdf form 'field',  your information is saved, and so the completed form can be emailed out to your tenants if required..

How it works

1. Complete the form. A link on the site from one of our special 'create document' icons will take you to a page where you fill in a form.  This will have guidance underneath each form field giving you information on how to complete the field.

My Landlord Law

My Landlord Law

This is the area of the site where your own personal information is stored.  You will be taken here when you log in, and it is also where you will go, while you are logged in, if you click the home page link.  You can also get to it at any time by clicking the orange button in the header at the top right of the screen.

The Blue bit - main account info

In the blue panel towards the top of the page you will see the following:

Quick Start

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If you are a new member, this page has some guidance to help you.

First up, there is a step by step guide to logging in >> here

PDF articles and forms

PDF documents

Pdf stands for Portable Document Format.  It is a a way of saving information so it can be read by all computers, no matter what operating software they are running, provided they have the free Adobe document reader. 

So for example a pdf article can be read by someone on a new Macbook computer as well as someone on an elderly PC running windows. 

Pdf documents on Landlord Law

Pdf Documents on Landlord Law

There are three ways we use to display the pdf documents on the Landlord Law site.  When you click a link to a pdf document you will be taken to o

1. Embedded pdfs

This is where you will see a page which has the pdf embedded in a frame.  You can scroll up and down the document and go to different pages without moving the main Landlord Law page.

Saving pdf forms

Saving pdf forms

When using our pdf forms where you complete the form fileds on screen with the free Adobe reader, be aware that the information in the fields cannot be saved, unless you have the special Adobe Acrobat software.

This means that when you click the re-set button or exit the form, the information you have put in the fields will be lost. In many cases this is not a problem as you will have your printed copy.  However you may want to keep an electronic copy also.

Completing pdf forms

Guidance on completing pdf forms

As mentioned elsewhere, you do need a recent version of Adobe reader to do this, so check that yours is up to date by visiting the Adobe web-site. The forms can be completed online by filling in the various form fields.

Note that on most pdf forms now, you can click a box at the top which will highlight all the fields in a colour so you can see them easily.  This is a good idea, unless you are very familiar with the form and feel you do not need it. 

The different types of field are as follows:

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