Landlord & Tenant

Many individuals have chosen to purchase rental properties in recent years to provide an additional source of income or as a boost to their retirement pension. Others have chosen to rent their former residential property to tenants when they need to move but are unable to sell.

Irrespective of what type of Landlord you may be you are bound by the legal obligations imposed on you by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, the various Housing Acts and other statutes. The responsibilities are numerous and important and you need to make sure that you comply with them at the start, during and at the end of every tenancy.

Before the tenancy starts you need:

  • A properly drafted and current date Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.
  • A properly prepared inventory recording the condition of the property and any fixtures and furniture at the start of the tenancy.
  • To protect any deposit in one of the government approved tenancy deposit schemes.
  • To provide your tenant with the prescribed information and a certificate confirming that the deposit has been protected.
  • To ensure that you are aware of when you can serve a Section 8 or Section 21 Eviction. Notice on your tenant if he or she stops paying the rent or you want to regain possession of the property at the end of the tenancy.

 

Without all of the above you could have problems evicting your tenant or reclaiming your deposit if the tenant stops paying the rent. If the deposit is not protected then your tenant could sue you for not protecting it and could be award three times the deposit amount in damages.

At Sarginsons Law we have years of experience in dealing with all types of Landlord and Tenant disputes. We can advise Landlords on every aspect of Landlord and Tenant law and can help you evict tenants if it becomes absolutely necessary.

14th December 2017

Sarginsons Law