Tenants are entitled to know the address of their landlord...
An important aspect of Residential letting in England & Wales is the necessity to supply the tenant with an address for service of notices and for the reporting of defects and repairs etc.
Under the requirements of section 48 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1987 rent is not lawfully due unless the tenant has been given, in writing, an address in England and Wales at which notices can be served.
It is usual that the tenancy agreement clearly states the landlord's address for service of notices.
Where the tenancy agreement clearly states the landlord's address, then there is no need for the serving of a separate notice containing these details and therefore eliminates future problems with proof of service.
The address supplied need not necessarily be the landlord's residence. The address can be that of the landlord's agent, for example: a solicitor, an accountant or a managing agent.
Where the landlord resides abroad, then the landlord must supply an address for an agent in England & Wales.
Some landlords prefer to deal through agents and remain anonymous as far as their tenants are concerned. However, under the provisions of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, tenants of dwellings in England & Wales, who make a written request to an agent, have a right to the landlord's name and address.
This information must be supplied within 21 days. The legislation refers only to the landlord's name and address, not his telephone number or any other form of contact details.
How can I contact my landlord or find out where he/she lives?
This is one question that arises quite often in our e-mails and on the Forum: