Things are getting more difficult for the rogue landlords. For example:
- On 6 April, new powers are being given to Local Authorities, which will allow them to impose ‘Civil Penalties’ – which can be up to £30,000.
- Other new powers allow will Local Authorities and also tenants to apply to the First Tier Tribunal for ‘rent repayment order’. – which can prove extremely expensive.
- Then last year new rules came into force to allow the Home Office to bring prosecutions against landlords who allow their properties to be occupied by tenants who do not have a ‘right to rent’. Custodial penalties are now an option!
How ‘innocent’ landlords can suffer
We should of course be glad that the problem of rogue landlords is being addressed. However, it is all too easy for ordinary landlords, who are not ‘rogues’ but who may be ignorant of the law and their legal obligations, to get caught up in all of this.
For example, a landlord who is not even aware that his property is an HMO, can find himself facing a prosecution for failure to obtain a license and to comply with the HMO management rules. (Are you SURE this can’t happen to you?)
So, it has never been more important to make sure that you know and comply with all these new rules. Not to mention all the existing regulations.
How to update yourself in one day
One way to deal with this is to attend the forthcoming Landlord Law Conference on 19 May. The ONLY major event which concentrates solely on legal issues for landlords.
At the end of the day, you will have the confidence of knowing that you are bang up to date – having been listening all day to talks from legal experts – mostly specialist housing solicitors and barristers.
For example, you will listen hear talks on important topics such as right to rent, HMOs, defended possession proceedings, and how you can use your tenancy agreement to protect your position. Plus, a general ‘update’ talk which will look at issues not covered by the main speakers.
You will also find useful exhibitors able to give further help and advice – such as Anthony Gold solicitors, Aston Shaw Accountants, the Property Redress Scheme, ARLA and the Residential Landlords Association. Plus, the lead sponsors TDS.
They will all be there to answer your questions – without charge! It is rare that so many legal housing experts are together in one room, and available to talk to you.
Date and venue
The Conference is on 19 May and will take place at Sprowston Manor just outside Norwich.
“Norwich?” you will say “I can’t go there, it’s miles away!”. In point of fact, though, Norwich is easy to get to via train from London (Liverpool St) and there are also connections from Cambridge, Manchester and Liverpool.
Delegates will be able to get in touch with each other to share taxis via the Conference facebook page. Or if you are driving the venue has free on site parking.
However if you are coming from a distance, you may prefer to stay over at the hotel – special rates are available for delegates.
You can find out more about this, plus the full program, at the Conference website www.lllconf.co.uk.
This event happens just once a year. Can you afford to miss it?
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“The Landlord Law Conference is the best Conference for Landlords and Agents. It offers up to date, relevant information in short succinct sessions by industry legals.” – Jill FitzPatrick, Chestertons.