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Essential legal information for landlords. Don't fall foul of the law; protect yourself, your property and your tenants. Even if you've let before, make sure you're up to date with current standards. Our guide also gives you information on letting with our online letting agent system.
It's vital that your property meets fire safety regulations – these regulations save lives, and are a legal obligation. This document provides an essential overview of your obligations and links to the official legislation for further information, to help you check that your furnishings are up to scratch.
If you've not used an online letting agent before, this might be the first time you’ve done an inventory check yourself. It’s an essential step that will save you from any problems later on. Use this handy template to record the condition of the property, furniture, fixtures and fittings at the start of the tenancy.
The government introduced tenancy deposit protection legislation in 2007. As a landlord you are legally required to hold a tenant’s deposit in one of the three approved Tenancy Deposit Schemes. This government-recognised guide offers guidance on your responsibilities as a landlord in this area.
As a landlord, when you come to end a tenancy, it pays to know the law. This document will walk your through the different legal procedures you must follow when you repossess your property. Clarify the difference between a Section 8 possession procedure and a Section 21 possession procedure and more.
Are your tenants moving out? You will need to send an official End of Tenancy letter when they do. This letter template will do most of the work for you, pulling together a checklist of what you require from your tenants before they move out and all the information they need to be made aware of in the final weeks.
If you find yourself in the difficult position of dealing with a tenant who is in rent arrears, it might be time to take back possession of the property. The law outlines your options and legal responsibilities in detail. Our guide to taking back possession of your assured shorthold tenancy property gives you the information you need.
A Section 8 Notice is the legal documentation you need to serve to a tenant or tenants in the event of them falling into rent arrears. Use this form which the online letting agents here at LetBritain have pulled together with legal experts to help keep the stress and paperwork to a minimum, should you find yourself in this position as a landlord.
When the landlord regains possession of the property at the end of the tenancy, section 21 procedures must be followed. This information sets out the landlord's legal obligations and the circumstances where section 21 applies. Read More about Guidance on Possession at the End of the Tenancy
A Section 21 Notice is the legal documentation you need to send to your tenants in order to take possession of your assured shorthold tenancy property at the end of a tenancy. If there are any issues with rent arrears, a Section 8 Notice should be used instead. Otherwise, this Section 21 template will give you the paperwork you need to end a tenancy officially.
The paperwork required to end a tenancy is slightly different depending on the agreements you made at the start of the tenancy. If your property is rented on a fixed term, you need a Section 21 Fixed Term Notice. The online letting agents at LetBritain have created this template Section 21 Fixed Term Notice.
If you rent your property on a periodic tenancy – that is to say from month to month, week to week or quarter to quarter – you will need to use a Section 21 Notice appropriate to this scenario when you want to end the tenancy. This Section 21 Period Term Notice template is designed with your setup in mind.
Not everything goes smoothly during a tenancy. If your tenants have breached a term of your rental agreement, you can serve a Breach Notice to formally bring their attention to the issue and request that they review the agreement and comply in future. This Breach Notice template for landlords is designed to make the process as straightforward as possible.
There are quite a few things to take care of when you rent your property. Some people choose to use a fully managed service in combination with an online letting agent. But if you want to maximise profits there’s no reason why you can’t do it all. Here’s a checklist to take care of everything when you check new tenants in or old tenants out.
Condensation is a common issue raised by tenants but quite often it’s a problem within their power to resolve. This Condensation Letter template for landlords will give you a handy pre-written list of actions and options to help inform your tenants of what they can do to resolve the problem and keep your property in the best possible condition.
When tenants get into arrears it is important that this is documented so that everyone (Tenant, Landlord) is aware and is kept up to date with the situation. A new schedule should be sent to .
Should your tenants fall into arrears on the rent, you will find various documents here to help you as the landlord recoup what you’re owed. If you’ve reached the end of the line in mediations, however, you will need to serve a Final Demand. LetBritain’s online letting agents team have created this Final Demand template with help from legal experts
In order to comply with the law, you as a landlord need to provide your tenants with an address in England or Wales at which tenants may service notices if required. This Landlords’ Address Section 48 template outlines the essential information you need to provide to your tenants.
Have your tenants notified you that they will be ending the tenancy? This Moving Out Letter template outlines a suitable response from you and ticks all the important boxes to ensure that the paperwork and legal requirements are put in motion to bring the tenancy to an official end at your convenience.
Not all landlords welcome pets. But if you do, this Pet Agreement form will ensure you and your tenants are on the same page about which pets are welcome in the house. It also outlines your tenants’ responsibilities of care and clarifies that any damage done to your property by the pet is to be taken care of by the tenants.
If you find yourself struggling to make payments on your rent it’s infinitely better to do something about it sooner rather than later. Landlords are often willing to agree a new rent payment schedule if you talk to them early on about any troubles. This guide is written for tenants and outlines some steps you can take to resolve the situation.
Chasing rent arrears from your tenants is never a comfortable situation to be in. After you’re tried to contact them and send reminders it’s time to send a formal Rent Arrears Letter. This template should take some of the stress out of the situation and provide you with a solid template to adjust to your specific situation.
Keep track of all of your rent payments and make sure you’ve got a record to keep your budgeting on point and to look back on should any disputes arise in the future. It might seem unnecessary when things are going well, but when the tax man knocks or rents get into arrears this handy Rent Book will really prove its worth.
This statement is in witness of the serving of a Notice in respect of an Assured or Assured Shorthold Tenancy (Housing Acts 1988 and 1996) of.
Make sure you and your tenants have full knowledge of who is responsible for the fire alarms in the Assured Shorthold Tenancy property that is being rented. This Smoke Alarm Release template informs tenants that the property has been provided with battery-operated smoke alarms and that it is their responsibility to ensure they are in good working order.
Are you renting a property to students? It is common (and advisable) to seek a rent guarantor when renting to students. In most cases, this will be the student’s parent or parents, but this guide walks you through the options and outlines what other factors you need to be aware of when renting property to students.
Please download the Example Witness Statement-(Service-of-s8 Notice).
The law can be complex and the forms referred to in this note are only intended to be used by those experienced or trained to do so. The information contained in this note is intended for general guidance only and cannot be relied up. We recommend that you contact legal4landlord for specific advice before serving notice or starting possession proceedings. LetBritain will not be responsible for any negative outcome as a result of relying on the content of this note.