It’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities when becoming a landlord to ensure a successful rental relationship. There are currently over 160 pieces of legislation that a landlord must adhere to and the laws are constantly changing.
Laws To Keep You and Your Tenants Safe
The Housing Act is not the only piece of legislation governing the private rented sector, but it is one of the most important. Other important pieces of legislation include gas safety laws, deposit registration laws, smoke and carbon monoxide detector requirements, the Accommodations Agencies Act, the Consumer Protection Act of 1987; the list truly is endless. As stated previously, there are over 160 pieces of legislation that you need to be aware of so that you remain compliant.
Abiding by these rules and regulations also keeps you and your tenants safe. For example, Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 details your repairing obligations as a landlord. You may have also heard of HHSRS, which is a piece of legislation describing 29 different hazards that you need to be aware of and assess. The central purpose of these laws is to answer the question, is your property fit for human habitation?
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) act 2018 was passed into law in 2019 and was yet another important piece of legislation surrounding the safety and condition of your property.
Here at Armitstead Barnett, we are dedicated to helping you keep up to date on the current legislation updates as well as providing you with the guidance you need to be successful, safe and compliant as a landlord. Armitstead Barnett can relieve the stress of managing your rental property and ensure that you are aware of your responsibilities and support you in meeting them.
Speak to one of our dedicated lettings team today, on 01995 603180.
Lettings Manager – Armitstead Barnett LLP
Office: 01995 603180