Tenancies are becoming more and more the norm, as house prices soar way beyond the means of most people. Tenancies though are governed by landlord and tenant law, a notoriously complex and tricky area of law.
Yet tenants are expected under the law to know it and abide by it. Which is a bit unfair as (so far as I am aware) it is not taught in schools – so how are they supposed to know?
There are of course advice sites such as Shelter and the CAB. However, people like videos nowadays. So I have decided to trial a series of information videos on our new Tenant Law YouTube channel.
Tenant Law Basics
The series is called Tenant Law Basics and in it, I will be discussing the basic elements of landlord and tenant law from the point of view of the tenant.
There is nothing fancy, just me sitting in a chair explaining the law, although there are a few captions and sometimes a diagram to help.
Landlords need not worry about this series – indeed a common complaint by landlords is that tenants do not properly understand their obligations under their tenancy. These will be looked at as well as tenants rights. But the main thrust of the Tenant Law Basics series will be the law itself, and how it works. So
- In the first video, I look at what a tenancy is (a legal interest in land) and discuss the Law of Property Act 1925
- In the second video, I look at creating tenancies in particular without a written document
- In the third video, I look at the difference between a tenancy and a license and discuss Street v. Mountford
Those three are the videos up there at the moment, and you can see the third video below, to give you an idea.
Further videos in the series will include:
- Creating a license
- What is different about lodger situations, and
- What is the common law
I’ll probably be publishing one per week, so if you want to keep up with them please subscribe to the channel. If we get enough subscribers I will probably carry on and do further series later but this will only be if the channel is supported.
Here is number 3: