Landlord

Tessa's Ten Top Tips for HMO Landlords

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  1. Do not let rooms to tenants under so called ‘license agreements’ without getting legal advice  (from a qualified lawyer) first. In most cases these ‘licenses’ will actually be tenancies
  2. Check with your Local Authority to see what the situation is regarding licensing in your area (as it varies across the country).
Notes: 
Regular HMO Workshops are provided by Easy Law Training - find out when the next one is going to be held via the Easy Law Training Website.

Tessa's Ten Top Tips for landlords on fire safety

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  1. All landlords have legal obligations as regards fire safety. At the very least you should ensure that there is an adequate means of escape in case of fire, and landlords of shared and HMO properties will have additional obligations, both under the fire safety regulations, and under the Housing Act 2004.
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Members can read FAQ and articles on the points covered here.

Tessa's Ten Top Tips landlords on evicting tenants

Houses in Norwich
  1. You will only be entitled to bring court proceedings to evict your tenant if you have served the proper possession notice first and waited until the notice period has expired. (There are a few exceptions but these are rare).
Notes: 
1. Follow our Which Possession Proceedings Guide - this is a step by step question and answer 'trail' which will lead you to the correct procedure you need to use for your situation.
2. Read about our DIY Eviction Guide - for a cost effective way to evict your tenant.  As used by 100's of grateful landlords!

Tessa's Ten Top Tips landlords on tenancy deposits

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  1. Work out what tenancy type is concerned. Most tenancies will be assured shorthold tenancies. If so deposits must be protected under a government authorised tenancy deposit scheme within 30 days or penalties apply. Tenants can claim the return of the deposit (or the Judge can order that the deposit be protected if the tenancy is ongoing) plus a 'fine' of between one and three time the deposit sum, and you will not be able to use the section 21 procedure to evict.
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If you have forgotten to protect your deposit, note that we have a guide on the site to help you >> here.

Tessa's Ten Top Tips for landlords on avoiding harassment claims

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  1. Do not ever use your keys to enter the property without the tenant's permission save in a real emergency (such as a fire).
  2. This is particularly important if you are male and the tenants are female (especially if the tenant is a female living alone).
Notes: 
Members can read FAQ and articles on the points covered here.
Members can use the Landlord Law diary sheets for recording events, confrontations and meetings.

Tessa's Ten Top Tips for landlords on rent

Houses in Derbyshire
  1. Do not charge too high a rent - it is better to let a property with a moderate rent, than have it lie empty.
  2. If you are letting for a fixed term of more than one year, consider having a rent review clause in your tenancy agreement.
Notes: 
Members can read FAQ and articles on all the points covered here.
We have a rent arrears action plan for landlord members,which gives detailed guidance on what to do when tenants fall into arrears plus letters and forms.

Tessa's Ten Top Tips for landlords on tenancy agreements

Property in Somerset
  1. Make sure you are using the right type of tenancy agreement. In particular if you are letting to a limited company, if you live in self contained accommodation in the same building, or if you are letting rooms in a shared house. If you are not sure which tenancy agreement to use, follow the >> Landlord-Law Which Tenancy Guide
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If you are not sure which tenancy type you need, check out our Which Tenancy Agreement Guide
Landlord members can use our document generator software to produce a wide variety of tenancy agreements, plus you can adapt them to your own circumstances

Tessa's Ten Top Tips for landlords on the legal aspects of preparing a property to rent

Property in Cambridge
  1. Make sure that you have obtained any necessary permission for letting. For example from your leaseholder if the flat is held on a long lease, or from your mortgage company
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Members can read FAQ and articles on all the points covered here.

Tessa's Ten Top Tips for landlords when signing up a new tenant

Street in South London
  1. Get as much information from the prospective tenant as possible before considering granting them a tenancy. It is best to have a standard form for this, such as our online Tenants information form. You should also check their identity
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Members can read FAQ and articles on all the points covered here.

Tessa's Ten Top Tips for landlords on choosing a letting agent

Tips on choosing letting agents
  1. Try to chose a letting agent who is a member of the National Approved Letting Scheme, or one of the professional bodies that support it. These are:-

    - The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)
    - The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
    - The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

    You should also make sure that they are registered with a Property Redress Scheme.

Notes: 
If you are experiencing problems with your agent, see our >> guide here.
We have members only articles on choosing an agent and problems with agents and how to deal with them.
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