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


The residential lettings industry has grown to become an important contributor to the UK economy. However, if you advise clients on residential lettings, you will appreciate that problems areas can crop up. This means agents and landlords often need strategic legal advice from you when serious issues arise in practice.

There are no legal requirements for letting agents to have professional qualifications, so some are unaware of the relevant law. This often causes significant problems for landlords and tenants alike.

If you’re a landlord and tenant lawyer, or other practitioner advising residential letting agents or landlords, this course is designed with you in mind. It offers a practical insight into the challenges these clients face, and how to identify the relevant law so that you can advise your clients confidently and effectively.

Our experienced property management expert, Frances Burkinshaw, will take you through the key legal requirements and procedural issues relating to residential lettings.

Key learning outcomes

  • Understand the different legislation and how each applies to different tenancies
  • Know what quiet enjoyment means, and the significance for the landlord and tenant
  • Appreciate how to approach problem tenancies, including how to terminate a tenancy

What does this course cover?

This course covers the statutory requirements of residential lettings, and the associated pitfalls and challenges for clients, including:

  • Housing Act 1980

    • The first major change in housing legislation in years
    • The introduction of protected shorthold tenancies meaning 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)
    • The enormous explosion of buy to let

  • Housing Act 1996

    • This Act refined the law following the success of ASTs
    • Changes previous restrictions for ASTs and assured tenancies

  • Housing Act 2004

    • Introduction of changes to residential lettings such as the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), deposit legislation, and HMO legislation

  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1985

    • The landlord’s repairing obligations
    • The landlord’s right of access to the property
    • 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
    • The consequences of landlords’ actions

  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

    • Landlords must notify tenants of addresses at which tenants may serve notice
    • Whether service charges will be due if notice not served

  • Joint and Several Liability

    • What joint and several liability means
    • Joint and several liability in the case of sharers, or relationship break down

  • Housing Act 1988 section 13

    • The rules for notices used under section 13 to increase the rent
    • How the system operates in practice

  • Extensions, Renewals and Terminations

    • The correct procedures for extending a tenancy
    • Whether a renewal agreement must be created
    • How an agreement can be terminated by the landlord or tenant
    • The use of section 21 notices and changes to the legislation under the Deregulation Act 2015

  • Problem Tenancies: the use of section 8 notices

    • Prescribed notices for which one or more of the grounds for possession must be cited and proved
    • How and when these notices should be used

  • Discrimination

    • The Equality Act 2010 repealed much of the previous discrimination legislation
    • What and whom we may discriminate against (or not)

  • Deeds: three-year tenancies or longer

    • The benefits and disadvantages of longer tenancies
    • When a deed must be used

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