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The book, Quite Enjoyment, deals with the rights of tenants and occupiers of residential property in England and Wales. Tenants of course have a right of “Quiet Enjoyment” by virtue of their tenancy, which in law gives a tenant a legal interest in the property.

Some landlords have difficulty fully grasping this concept, particularly those new to this or those who rent out their own home, often those reluctant landlords who cannot sell, or those letting when they are working away for a time.

It’s understandable that people should voice sentiments such as this one I had recently from one landlord: “It’s my home and I will enter and inspect whenever I like. I’m not having tenants who let the place get into an untidy mess”.

Quiet Enjoyment

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Landlords need to develop a more enlightened mindset when they rent-out their property. They need to accept that tenants have a right to live how they like (within reason) in “their” property. They have a right to exclude everyone, including their landlord, if they so choose. In practice, even when the agreement gives landlords free access, there is not a lot the landlord can do if the tenant excludes them.

This book is a resource for lawyers and all those professionals (private, social housing providers and local authorities) involved in housing matters, advising tenants of their rights, as well as landlords with problem tenants.

This is a practical guide to the law in what is a complicated and highly complex area. Like all these legal textbooks it aims to simplify the process of interpreting the rules as they are affected over the years by precedent and case law, and is designed for the non-lawyer as much as for the legal professional.

The book is aimed primarily at advising the occupier on the rules and court procedures involved in protecting their rights in rented housing. The obvious outcome to this is that the knowledge contained here is of immense value to the other side, the landlord, when entering to any legal dispute involving residential tenants. It is simply one side being a mirror image of the other.

No one can have total knowledge of every aspect of the law, so often solicitors (generalists) when dealing with specialist areas such as landlord and tenant will refer to a specialist, a barrister specialising in the one field. A book such as this gives one access to that specialist knowledge at a fraction of the cost of consulting such an expert.

That’s not to say you should not consult experience solicitors and barristers when the situation calls for it, but as a preliminary analysis, a book like this, bang up-to-date and written by specialists, gives you a head start at minimal cost.

The book covers two main aspects of landlord and tenant law: civil proceedings involving all the relevant housing legislation, and the criminal law, the criminal proceeding involved with the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and other offences under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

One of the most valuable aspects is the practical guidance given here on court proceedings and how to go about bringing and defending a case.

This book will be of practical benefit to any landlord and certainly to tenancy advisers and other property professionals, when dealing with disputes involving residential occupiers.

Another very useful addition to the landlord’s bookshelf.

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By Tom Entwistle

Please Note: This Article is 7 years old. This increases the likelihood that some or all of it's content is now outdated.
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