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Landlord Law Blog roundup from 26 March

Learning at lunchtimeI was thinking to myself on Thursday that what I would really, really like to do on my School for Landlords site is a ‘proper’ law course.

Not a boring one (heaven forfend) but one where I can explain properly all the legal rules that underpin tenancies.  In plain English, with pictures.

“But”, I thought, “would people want a course like that?”

Then I thought “Well, I have a mailing list, why don’t I ask them?”

So I duly sent out a newsflash to my Landlord Law mailing list, and was thrilled when I got an avalanche of replies saying “yes, count me in”.

So I am starting to put together a course.  It will be solid law, but fun, with interviews, quizzes and interactive diagrams.  If you think you would like this, please let me know!

But what happened on the blog this week?

Monday

Letting agents fees are crippling low to middle income families says report

Rather late to the party, I write about the report ‘Renting in the Dark’ from Resolution Foundation which came out last December.  It has a few things to say about agents.  Read about them here …

Tuesday

Twelve things landlords need to know about

This is a short(ish) video looking at the varous areas of law and practice landlords need to know about.  See it here …

Can a guarantor ends the guarantee if the people living at the property change?

A reader’s question this, asked on behalf of her builder, Dave.  See my comments here …

Wednesday

Does a non returnable deposit have to be protected?

Another readers question, this time on deposits.  Read it here …

How to draft section 21 notices

This is about a short (but detailed) guide / course for people, giving step by step guidance on how to draft section 21 notices without mistakes.  Find out more here …

Thursday

Problems about renting to under age tenants

Why you should never rent a property to someone under 18 in their sole name.  Find out here …

Friday

Ben Reeve Lewis Friday Newsround #52

Its officially a year now since the newsround started, and Ben confesses that it has changed his life (well sort of), before launching into the topic of the week – planning. Read more here …

 

Further reading

  • A great news post here from Property 118 on how David (“call me Dave”) Cameron has been telling a few porkies about how many landlords have been cutting rents in return for direct HB payments
  • An interesting post here about taking photos for inventories (and how its not always a good idea)
  • See the original Renting in the Dark report here

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Tessa Shepperson

Tessa is a lawyer specialising in residential landlord and tenant law. She runs the Landlord Law website (now in its 12th year) and is a director of Easy Law Training Ltd and Your Law Store. Tessa also sits on the Property Redress Scheme Council. When not working she enjoys reading, cooking and messing around on the computer. You can also find her on Google



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