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Should landlord and tenant law be taught in schools?

School lessonsWe are all expected to know the law, but very few people actually do.

It affects all our lives, governs what we can and cannot do, and one of the main tasks of our government is making it.  Should we not all know a bit more about it?

There is of course a lot of law.

My particular ‘area’ is landlord & tenant law and I think it is very important.

After all we all need a home and it looks as if increasing numbers of people will be renting – often for the whole of their life.

In fact I would go so far as to say that virtually everyone will at some stage of their lives be either a landlord or a tenant – more likely a tenant.

Tenants have many rights – for example relating to repair, their deposit, and the right not to be evicted without a Court Order.  But many tenants don’t know what their rights are, or how to enforce them.

Surely teaching children (probably at 6th form level) a bit about tenants rights, would be of enormous practical use to them?

There is of course the Internet – that big book people can dip into to inform themselves, and I have done a lot with this blog.  I have also written two free courses, one for landlords and one for tenants.

But I still think it would help children’s ‘life skills’ if they could learn a bit about their rights and obligations as landlords or tenants, at school.

What do you think?

Why a periodic tenancy arising at the end of a fixed term is actually a new tenancy


Taking a look at the legal reasons why a periodic tenancy which arises when the fixed term of a tenancy comes to an end is actually a completely new tenancy Continue Reading

Problems about renting to under age tenants

baby tenant

I get asked sometimes about renting to tenants who are under 18. You need to be careful here as minors (people under 18) are legally incapable of owning ‘an estate in land’. What happens therefore if they sign a tenancy agreement in their name? This is decided by an act called the Trusts of LandContinue Reading

Introducing the History Spot

English coat of arms

The start of a new series on this blog, looking at the history of English / Welsh landlord and tenant law (and land law generally)Continue Reading

Foundations in Landlord and tenant law – summing it all up

The end

Well here we are at the end of the series. If you have read it all, I hope you enjoyed it and that you now have a better idea of how things work. I started the series initially because I wanted to write about the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the system and give a bitContinue Reading

Explaining the Housing Act 1988

Margaret Thatcher

My Foundations in Landlord and Tenant Law series has reached the present, and here we look at the Housing Act 1988 which sets up the code governing short lets todayContinue Reading

The Rent Act 1977 in context

Housing 1918

Foundations of landlord and tenant law – part 11 A hundred years ago … It would probably surprise many people to know that a hundred years ago, most people lived in private rented accommodation. In 1918 figures show the private rented sector to be around 76%, with home ownership at just 23% and public housingContinue Reading

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Tessa is an English lawyer specialising in residential landlord and tenant law.

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