The proliferation of buy-to-lets in England has significantly increased the number of residential landlords, even if those landlords own only one property other than their main residence. Such landlords are nevertheless subject to the same laws as property investment companies with huge portfolios.
The law is respect of tenants’ rights changes regularly and is a minefield for the unwary or misinformed. For example, from 1 October 2015 it became necessary for landlords to ensure the following were given to tenants of new assured shorthold tenancies:
- “How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England”. A landlord must also provide a copy of this Government booklet.
- An Energy Proficiency Certificate.
- A current Gas Safety Certificate.
It also became vital for a landlord seeking possession of their property for some non-tenant fault reason, such as a sale, to use a prescribed notice. Failure to do so, which includes a failure to provide the documents at 1-3 above, will lead to the notice being deemed invalid. Further, such a notice can no longer be served until after the expiry of four months from the commencement of the tenancy.
Don’t be caught out!
For further information on all forms of landlord and tenant and freehold property disputes, please contact Gary Eddleston-Haynes on 01752 246005 or via email at gary.eddlestonhaynes@beersllp