There have been so many changes going on over the past two years that most landlords’ heads are spinning trying to keep up with it all. We have had:
- Changes to the deposit regulations
- Changes to the section 21 rules
- Changes to both the section 21 and section 8 forms
- New rules regarding smoke and CO alarms
- New Right to Rent checks which need to be done on all residential occupiers
- Supreme Court decisions on the legal obligations of leaseholder landlords for repair and whether proportionality under the Human Rights Act should be considered for private sector eviction cases
- Changes in the rules relating to High Court enforcement of possession orders
- And so on.
Some of the penalties for failing to comply with these new rules are pretty serious. For example:
- Failure to comply with the deposit regulations means that you cannot use s21 to evict your tenant and may be ordered to pay up to 3x the deposit to your tenant
- Likewise, you will not be able to use s21 if you have not complied with the new rules (if they apply to you)
- Allowing a tenant into occupation where they do not have the right to rent can result in a fine of £1,000 for a first offence or £3,000
It is imperative that landlords and letting agents are fully up to date with all of this.
In order to help, my Easy Law Training company is running a one day legal update workshop with housing barrister Sam Madge Wyld on 20 October 2016.
This will be held at the prestigious Homerton College in Cambridge – one of the few colleges to offer on site parking! The college is a short taxi ride away if you want to come by train (and you can travel to Cambridge from Kings Cross or Liverpool St London).
The event carries 4 hours CPD and the price includes all refreshments, wi-fi and detailed course notes.
The workshop will cost £198 (£165+VAT) and you can book your place via the Easy Law Training website here.
We hope to see you at this very special event.
Article Courtesy of: Tessa Shepperson – Easy Law Training – www.EasyLawTraining.com