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Course Residential Lettings: Statutory Requirements and What They Mean in Practice


The residential lettings industry has grown to be an important contributor the UK economy. There are however many pitfalls, and agents and landlords will often need legal advice when serious problems occur. With no requirement for professional qualifications for letting agents, some are simply unaware of the law, causing problems for landlords and tenants alike.

This course will provide those who advise residential letting agents or landlords with practical insight into the challenges these clients face and how to identify the relevant law.

This course will cover the following important subjects with a chance for questions and discussion:

  • Housing Act 1980: The first major change in housing legislation in years. The introduction of Protected Shorthold Tenancies meant that owners could let investment property with the assurance of regaining possession – but with certain conditions.
  • Housing Act 1988: The introduction of Assured Tenancies (including Assured Shorthold Tenancies) and the enormous explosion of Buy to Let.
  • Housing Act 1996: Following the success of ASTs this Act refined the law and made changes to many of the previous restrictions for ASTs and Assured Tenancies.
  • Housing Act 2004: This introduced various changes to residential lettings such as the HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating System), Deposit Legislation, HMO legislation and much more.
  • Landlord & Tenant Act 1985: The Landlord’s repairing obligations are contained within this legislation together with the Landlord’s right of access to the property, and the Tenant’s right to privacy and to have access to the Landlord’s details.
  • The principles of quiet enjoyment: Landlords often think that they can enter a property at will. What are the consequences of this action?
  • Landlord & Tenant Act 1987: The Landlord must notify the Tenant of addresses where the Tenant may serve notice. Will service charges be due if notice not served?
  • Joint and several liability: What does this mean, particularly in the case of sharers or partnership break ups?
  • Housing Act 1988, Section 13: Notices under this section are used to increase the rent. What are the rules and how does the system operate?
  • Extensions, renewals and terminations: What are the correct procedures for extending a tenancy; does one have to create a renewal agreement? How does one terminate an agreement – both Landlord and Tenant? The use of Section 21 Notices and the changes to the legislation under the Deregulation Act 2015.
  • Problem tenancies; the use of Section 8 notices: These notices are prescribed notices and one or more of the Grounds for Possession must be cited and proved. How and when should these notices be used?
  • Discrimination: The Equality Act 2010 repealed much of the previous discrimination legislation. What and whom may we discriminate against and what and whom may we not discriminate against?
  • Deeds/three-year tenancies or longer: What are the benefits/disadvantages of longer tenancies? When must a Deed be used?

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