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Landlord and Tenant Law
At Howells Solicitors, we understand that whatever the size of your portfolio, letting a property is far from straightforward. There are now over 50 Acts of Parliament and more than 70 sets of regulations governing the private-rented sector, and navigating these can be both time-consuming and confusing.
Despite its complexity, having a working understanding of landlord tenant law is essential in creating and maintaining a profitable tenancy, as well as when dealing with any disputes should they arise.
At the very least, all landlords should be able to:
Know Their Rights and Responsibilities
As a landlord, you will have a number of statutory responsibilities with regard to your property. These include maintaining it appropriately and keep it in good repair, as well as ensuring that it is safe and free from health hazards. You must also make sure that all gas, electrical and fire safety regulations are met.
However, along with these responsibilities you also have a number of rights.
Your tenant should:
Take good care of your property
Pay agreed rent (even if repairs are needed)
Pay utilities as agreed by you
Repair any damage caused by them or their guests
Not cause a nuisance to local people (e.g. through anti-social behaviour)
If your tenants do not meet their responsibilities, you have the right to take legal action to evict them.
Solicitors for Landlords
Howells Solicitors offers a comprehensive range of services for landlords. Whether you are a full-time landlord with a large property portfolio or are simply letting a room in your normal place of residence, we can help.
From drawing up appropriate tenancy agreements to providing advice on disputes, rent arrears and the eviction process, our team of expert solicitors are here to assist you in managing the risks involved in letting your property.
Get in touch today on 0808 178 2773 to find out more about how we can be of assistance.
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