It sets out the rules under which your tenancy will operate and contains (or should contain) important clauses to allow the tenancy to operate properly.
If some of these clauses are missed out it can result in big problems for you:
Different tenancy types need different clauses. If you use the wrong one you can get into difficulties. For example:
If you are a self managing landlord, or a letting agent, you really need to know the different types of tenancy and the clauses that you need to have.
So you can be sure that YOUR tenancy agreement will protect your position properly.
By understanding the rules that apply to rented properties and how these affect tenancy agreements
I’m Tessa Shepperson, a specialist landlord & tenant solicitor. For many years I ran my own solicitors firm and now I provide training and information services to landlords and letting agents.
Quite a few years ago I became concerned about the tenancy agreements on offer which tend to be stuffed full of jargon, difficult to understand and set out in a confusing way.
I decided I wanted to offer something different and so I developed my own tenancy agreement templates. While doing this I considered and re-drafted every single clause, thinking about every word used, and the readability and enforceability of the clauses as a whole.
Since then I have regularly updated my tenancy agreements to take account of legal changes, and also the views and wishes of my Landlord Law members, many of whom made brilliant suggestions which have been incorporated.
As a result of doing this over the years, I have gained a huge amount of knowledge and insight into drafting documents generally and tenancy agreements in particular.
In this course I want to share that knowledge with you – so you will be able to understand the rules that apply, and produce the best documents possible for your tenants or (if you are a letting agent) your landlords.
To help you this course includes training on:
Note however that it does not include anything about the new Welsh legislation which is due to come into force on 15 July 2022 so will not be suitable for landlords of property in Wales.
After you have completed the course you should:
In short – you will be able to deal with your tenancy agreements in a professional manner and to your best advantage.
One of the problems with most training courses is that they tend to be boring – full of jargon-filled manuals which are difficult to read and absorb. You may even find yourself drifting off to sleep!
I can’t guarantee that will never happen with this course, but I have tried to make it as interesting as I can.
For example, we have:
For example, you may prefer reading text on the page – so you will appreciate having the pdf versions which you can print out.
Or you may find learning through watching videos easier. Some people love listening to podcasts and appreciate being able to download the audios which you can listen to in your car.
Practically everyone enjoys the ‘test yourself’ sections that we have at the end of the lessons. They are a learning process in themselves – as if you get the answer wrong, that will help you learn what the right answer is!
We try to ‘switch things up’ as much as possible to create variety – including using pictures and diagrams which can also help. It all goes to create a more enjoyable learning experience for you. Which will help you learn better!
Lets now take a look at what the course contains.
Here is an outline of the main content:
Including the Landlord Law Legal Basics courses.
As this course is all about drafting tenancy agreements I thought it would be helpful to make some of my documents available to you.
These will be the same as the documents available to my Landlord Law members and are created via our ‘document generator’ – a sort of online mail merge system.
Needless to say – if you are a Landlord Law member you should not get the +Plus version as you already have access to all the documents as part of your membership!
The documents will be made available with Parts 6 and 7 of the course.
To allow you time to work through all the material we are delivering the course over a three week period as follows:
Your access to all seven parts will then remain until the end of your one year period.
All our content is hosted on a mobile responsive website, which allows you to read and study our training easily, and watch the videos on most devices, including smart-phones and tablets.
So it can easily be accessed, for example on your smart-phone, while travelling or waiting in a queue. Don’t waste that time! Use it!
If you find the course is unsuitable for you in any way – all you need to do is email us requesting a cancellation not later than 30 days after purchase, giving your reason why.
We will then cancel your purchase (and your access) and refund your money within 14 days.
e.g. the Property Inspection Kit or another course:
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Here where you will be able to access the initial parts of the course. You should also receive several emails – one will be a receipt for your payment, the other will have information on how to access the course.
If you have any problems you will find guidance in the Help documents linked from the green button at the bottom right of every page or via the Help Docs link on the Services menu on the site header.
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*Note – Do not buy the +Plus version if you are a Landlord Law member as the additional documents are included with your membership.
We have a free ‘HMO 101’ course which is written using the same software and in a similar style – which will give you an idea of what is on offer. Note that the course will open in a new tab or window:
The course is in seven parts as follows:
The +Plus forms are:
The course is in seven parts as follows:
(Get this version of you are a Landlord Law member – as you already have access to the forms as part of your membership).