Content Types on Landlord Law

The Landlord Law membership site has a huge amount of content.  The content is sorted by topic (and you can see the various topics via the topics menu in the site header) and also by type.  

This page has a list of all the different content types and a bit about them.

You will see a menu list of content types on your right – or at the bottom of this page if you are on mobile.  However many of these pages can only be accessed by logged in Landlord Law members.  So if you are not a logged in member you will not see them. 

However you will still be able to read the descriptions below:

Top tips are lists of (usually) ten tips on various topics.  They are useful for giving you a quick overview of a topic.

The Top Tips are open to everyone including non-members.

Click here for the tips »

There are a huge number of FAQ.  They are quick questions and answers (sometimes fairly long answers, sometimes short and snappy answers) on the sorts of questions that landlords ask.

We are always adding to the FAQ.  For example, if a landlord asks a question which is not covered (maybe in our forum) – we will draft up a FAQ and put it online.

Click here for the FAQ »

The FAQ answer specific points.  Articles are longer documents that explore a specific topic.

For example, we have long explanatory articles about such things as tenancy deposit prescribed information, data protection, lodgers in rented properties, attending court hearings and the Housing Health and Rating System.

We also have articles about all the main tenancy types – such as ASTs, protected tenancies, residential licenses and so on.

Click here for the articles »

We have a huge selection of documents on Landlord Law and it is a big reason why many members join and stay with us for so many years.

There are four main types of documents:

  • Text on the page – where you can just copy and paste it into your own word processing system.  We use this a lot for letters.
  • PDFs – these normally have ‘form fields’ which you can complete before printing the finished form off (or saving it as a new pdf document).  Note however that unless you have the (rather expensive) Adobe Acrobat software, you will not normally be able to save the entries in the fields.
  • Spreadsheets – we have a couple of spreadsheets for you to use, one on calculating ‘betterment’ and our self-calculating rent arrears schedule.
  • Our ‘Document Generator’ – this is where you complete a form and this then creates a pdf document which you can print off or email over to your tenants.  The Document Generator is used mainly for our tenancy agreements and the possession notices, although there are also a lot of letters.

You will (if you are a member) find links to all our documents from the Documents and Forms page.

Click here for the Documents and Forms »

Some videos – such as help videos and the short videos that introduce topics and content information pages, are open access.

However, the information videos are mostly only available to Business level members.  Although we do from time to time, make individual videos available to Basic level members and non-members.

This will be announced in our Weekly Bulleting which goes out on a Tuesday.

The videos include:

  • Recordings of the monthly training webinars
  • Recordings of our annual Conference talks
  • Clips from recordings from our training workshops
  • Specially created videos for this site.

Click here for the Videos index »

This are special sections of the site where you can find out the answer to an issue by answering the questions ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as appropriate.

The question pages form a ‘trail’ which will lead you to the right answer.

Three of our trails are completely open access:

  • The Tenancy Trail (where you can find out what tenancy type you have
  • The Which Tenancy Agreement Trail (which will help  you select the correct tenancy agreement type), and
  • The Which Possession Proceedings Trail (which will help you work out whether you can evict your tenant and if so how).

There are other trails but these are all members only – although you can read about them from the trails home page.

Click here for the trails »

The trails take you on a journey to find out an answer.  The Checklists are a set of instructions to follow for particular stages of creating and managing a tenancy.

If you follow them carefully you should be able to manage your rented property within the law even if you have no prior experience (although training is ALWAYS a good idea).

So if, for example, your properties have previously been managed by an agent but you now want to manage them yourself – the checklists will help you do that.

Click here for the Checklists »

Renting property to tenants is heavily regulated and increasingly so.  It is important that landlords and agents keep up to date.

For this reason, we have a lot of training related content on Landlord Law.  For example:

  • Our monthly training webinars which are then recorded an put online
  • The ‘Legal Basics’ courses – which help you understand the underlying legal rules
  • The HMO guide – this is based on a workshop with solicitor David Smith and takes you through the special laws which apply when renting HMO properties
  • Other video courses – such as the HMO Day recordings, the Consumer Law Course and the Leaseholder Landlord course
  • Conference Recordings – we have recordings of all our past conferences (all but the most recent) online for members.

Click here for the Courses and Training Index »

Many landlords and tenants rights and obligations are set out in statute, but ‘case law’ is still very important.

We try to include all the main landlord and tenant related cases in our cases section, although it is not a complete list.

The cases pages include a brief description along with links to further information such as the ‘bailii’ case reporting site, and articles on the Landlord Law and Nearly Legal blogs.

Click here for the Legal Cases »

These are real-life examples which both tell a story and illustrate a point.

At the moment they are mostly written by Tessa Shepperson but we have a submission form for YOUR stories.

Click here for the real life stories »

This is a special section which has step by step guidance to help you if your tenant has stopped paying rent.

The first section has general guidance, and then there are four sections:

  • What to do as soon as the tenant falls into arrears with suggestions on how you can help your tenants, plus letters and checklists
  • What to do if the rent is still unpaid after one month with guidance on creating a schedule of arrears and serving a possession notice
  • Things to take into account if you are considering court proceedings, and
  • Things to consider if you are thinking of applying for a County Court Judgment.

Click here for the Rent Arrears Action PLan »

This is a very detailed step by step guide to obtaining a Court Order for possession without having to use a solicitor.

It is quite a long guide as it covers at least five different routes to getting your order.  But if you follow the advice carefully you should be successful.

This part of our premium content and is only available to our Business level members.

Click here for the Eviction Guide »

This has entries for all Local Authorities with a link to their website and information about their forms and charges for HMO licensing, along with other information and links to services (for example discretionary housing payments and green energy grants).

It should be useful for all landlords who need to license their properties or seek Local Authority help but don’t know where to go or who to speak to.

Click here for the Local Authority Directory »