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Property Training

We have been in the property business for many years and have a broad range of knowledge between us. Whether you need advice on your responsibilities and obligations as a landlord or are thinking of developing some land or property, give us a call and see if we can help.

As a successful landlord, you need to be able to carry out many tasks.

The Housing Act 1988, revised in 1996, aimed to improve the rights of both landlord and tenant and to make letting property more appealing. The Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) was introduced and is now the most commonly used type of tenancy agreement. Typically an AST is for 6 months but this can vary.

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Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) gives information on the energy efficiency of buildings. Do you understand what requirements you have to legally fulfil?

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Landlords are charged under several laws to maintain and service any gas appliance provided as part of the tenancy agreement. Do you, as a landlord, understand what your responsibilities are regarding gas safety? Do you understand the implications of failing to maintain any gas appliances?

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Landlords are responsible for ensuring that the electrical system and any electrical appliances that they supply are safe to use. Do you, as a landlord, understand what is currently required? Do you know who to contact for the correct certification?

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The Housing Act defines a tenancy deposit as  ‘…any money intended to be held (by the landlord or otherwise) as security for:

a) the performance of any obligations of the tenant; or

b) the discharge of any liability of his;  arising under or in connection with the tenancy’.

If a landlord or letting agent receives any money from a tenant, which is not for a rent payment, even if it is not referred to as a ‘deposit’, the money has to be registered with a Deposit Protection Scheme.

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As a landlord you will want reliable tenants that pay the agreed rent and on time. How do you check out some-one you have potentially met for the first time?

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By having a guarantor, the landlord ensures that if the tenant is unable to meet rent payments or other requirements of the tenancy agreement, the guarantor will do so.

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There are companies who can provide insurance policies for landlords. Insurance can be taken for missed rent payments and tenants who fail to abide by the terms of the tenancy agreement.

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HMO is a term used to describe occupation that involves sharing part of the accommodation. It applies to both bedsit style housing and shared housing where a group of people who are not related share a house or flat. Are you considering owning an HMO? Do you know what is required to obtain a licence?

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The Housing Act 1988, revised in 1996 provides several sections that can be used by a landlord to regain possession of their property. Do you understand what section can be used for what purpose? Are you aware of the time frames to be legally used with serving a section notice?

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All properties stuffer from breakdowns , from time to time. Do you, as a landlord, have reliable contractors to call upon? Can you be assured that all repairs are completed in a legally required way?

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When the tenancy agreement has ended, provided the landlord and tenant agree on the amount of deposit to be refunded, the Deposit Scheme will refund the money. But if there is a disagreement over any of the terms this can lead to a dispute.

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Whether renting out a furnished or unfurnished property, an inventory is protection for both yourself and your tenant.

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Having let your property fulfills the landlord requirements. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to service the need as a property owner.

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Whilst no one relishes the prospect of having to evict a tenant, unfortunately these situations can arise. Do you, as a landlord, understand under what circumstances you can legally evict a tenant? Do you understand the legal requirements to successfully evict a tenant?

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