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Landlord Law is our prime product and is the main reason why most people come to our site. It was started in Novembr 2001 by solicitor Tessa Shepperson as a place where landlords and others in the Private Rented Sector could come to find reliable answers to legal issues on landlord and tenant law.
In those early days it was just an information site, but since then the content has expanded to include numerous documents (incuding our special ‘plain English’ style tenancy agreements), the eviction guide, videos and our monthly training webinars with outside experts (mostly baarristers or solicitors).
Landlord Law members are mostly landlords, but there are also many loyal letting agents, local authority staff and student accommodation offices (to name just a few).
As the site has been around for such a long time, we now have a huge amont of content. Most members tend to stay with us long term and many have been with us for ten years or more. Here are a few comments from our members:
“I have been a landlord for over 20 years and during that time Landlord Law has been the most wonderful lifeline. I especially appreciated the warnings of the changes to legislation. Without Landlord Law I would not have been aware. I am so grateful to you, and send you my heartiest thanks. Geoffrey Browne, former landlord.“
“The Landlord Law service is excellent, very easy and straight forward to use and gives people who don’t know where to start the confidence to become a landlord on their own” Charlotte, London
“Landlord Law’s great documents, information and customer support have been a God send and helped put me on the right path when I started out as a novice landlord. Thank you Landlord Law! ” John Meades, Landlord
You can join Landlord Law either as an individual member or as a team.
Most Landlord Law members join on an individual membership basis. There are two levels of membership:
You can find out more about the different levels of membership here and the pages linked from there.
If you belong to an organisation where several people will be using Landlord Law, it will be more cost effective and convenient for you to purchase a team membership.
These range from our popular ‘duo’ memberships (suitable for husband and wife teams, and situations where a landlord and his secretary will both require access) to our Large Office Team membership where up to 10 people will be using the service (larger teams and ‘premium membership’ available on request).
The price per person decreases with the size of the team. Another benefit is that where a staff member leaves your organisation their place can be allocated to another member of staff. Whereas individual memberships are deemed to belong to the member, not their employer (so they can take them with them when they go).
Landlord Law is a paid service. However you can see some of our content for free:
We also give weekly access to various Landord Law content in our Weekly Bulletin
Landlord Law Kits are detailed online guides on particular aspects of landlord law and practice.
Kit owners often get ‘lifetime access’ which means that you can access the kit during the lifetime of the Landlord Law Services website, although in areas where the law changes rapidly you may only get 12 months access – details will be given on the sales page.
Where lifetime access is granted we will generally update the kit when the law changes, although there is sometimes a short time lag until this is done.
All the kit content is accessed from the Landlord Law Services website although some specific items (such as forms) may be downloadable.
The kits currently available are listed below:
This is probably our most popular kit. It gives detailed guidance on how to prepare for and deal with property inspections.
It is becoming increasingly important that landlords conduct regular inspections, to assure themselves (for example) that
The kit has step by step guidance, draft letters and forms to help you carry out this unpopular task easily and thoroughly.
Cost is from £40 although the kit is available free of charge to Landlord Law Business Level Members.
When tenants fall into arrears, landlords often think eviction is the only option. However in this kit we set out another, kinder option. Helping tenants by sourcing grant and other aid which will allow them to remain in the property.
This kit is a step by step guide taking you through the process with links to relevant websites and a lot of video help.
The cost is £120 or £150 with the documents.
This kit deals with the situation where you rent to sharers who have all signed one tenancy agreement and where one of the tenants wants to move out while the others want to stay.
The kit explains the background law, looks at all the options available to you and has step by step guidance, along with draft letters to help you deal with this difficult situation.
The cost is £50 although note that this kit is available free of charge to all Landlord Law Members.
If you take a traditional tenancy deposit, you must protect this within 30 days of receipt of the money.
If you do not do this then
This kit explains the background law, looks at the best methods of refunding the money, and also gives guidance on how to protect yourself from claims for the penalty.
The cost is £70.
Although this is described as a course, it uses the same software as our Kits, so is a useful way to demonstrate our kit software.
It is also very important reading for all landlords as it explains how landlord insurance works – which is often counter-intuitive.
If you are a landlord you should read this course/kit (written in association with the staff at Alan Boswell Group) and make sure that YOUR insurance cover is as good as it can be.
Training has always been an important part of the Landlord Law service. For example, we run regular monthly training webinars for our Landlord Law members (some of which are available to buy – see below).
However, we also have separate training courses available to both members and non-members (although members are normally entitled to a discount off the cost):
Access to training is normally time-limited (as things change and the course material will inevitably get out of date) and many of our training courses included a CPD element.
The training courses currently available are listed below. Note that there are many more courses available to Landlord Law members only which you can read about here.
Note that we also provide in house training to organisations such as Local Authorities and Housing Associations. For information about this see our separate Easy Law Training website.
Every month we run a training webinar for our members. Topics vary widely but they are mostly legal issues of importance to landlords or agents. Speakers are usually specialist housing barristers or solicitors and the talks last for between one and one and a half hours.
Until now, the recordings were only available to our Business Level members. However we are now making some of the talks available for sale.
Do not buy if you are a Landlord Law member! If you are a business level member you can watch all the talks already here. If you are a basic level member you can switch your membership if you want to watch the talks (you can switch it back down again later if you wish).
If you are not a member, note that if you buy one of the talks and then join Landlord Law within 30 days we will refund the cost of the talk (although you will have to ask us, it does not happen automatically).
Rent to rent is where a property owner rents his property to someone on the basis that they will be subletting it to tenants.
This is becoming more popular but it is important to realise that there are many pitfalls and often property owners and their ‘rent to rent’ tenant landlords have come to grief. Frequently this is because the tenancy agreement to the intermediate ‘rent to renter’ has not been drafted properly.
This course consists of the recordings of a live event which took place in November 2020 where rent to rent was considered in detail, the pitfalls carefully explained and guidance given.
This event was in association with JMW Solicitors.
There is also a special tenancy agreement which can be purchased either with the course material (the cheaper option) or separately later. The agreement is ONLY available to those who also purchase the course.
Cost is from £120 for the training only or £420 with the agreement.
This is a very detailed online course looking at tenancy agreements.
It is in seven parts which cover background law, different types of tenancy agreement, an in-depth look at most of the individual clauses used in tenancy agreements, and guidance on how to create, amend and revise your tenancy agreement.
There are two versions:
The cost is £180 for the Standard version and £216 for the +Plus version.
This is a fairly basic but nevertheless very informative course on Houses in Multiple occupation.
It is also a demonstration of a course created with our ‘articulate’ software – which is the software used to create the tenancy agreements course listed above.
If you rent to sharers it is well worth taking a look at this free course.
Landlord Law eBooks and normally provided in three formats:
Once purchased they can be downloaded from the Landlord Law site.
This ebook looks at the history of landlord and tenant law, from the Middle Ages through to today (in outline) and discusses the different types of tenancy law and tenancies that we have today.
Note that the law is as at 30 January 2019.
Cost is £15.
This little ebook looks at different elements of renting property over 12 chapters. Content ranges from the legal background to the eviction of tenants.
Note that the law is as at 30 November 2018.
Cost is £15 although it can also be purchased at a discount when signing up to Landlord Law membership.
This little ebook is free to everyone who signs up to our mailings list.
Signing up means that you will get our weekly Bulletin (which will keep you up to date) and mailings to let you know about our various special offers and events.
You can unsubscribe at any time.
We have a vast number of documents and forms as well as draft classes and letters. However, most of these are only available to our Landlord Law members. For membership information see the section at the top of this page here.
There are however a few items which are sold separately which you can read about below.
Many of the problems with ‘rent to rent’ arrangements are down to inappropriate documentation.
We have a special ‘rent to rent’ tenancy agreement which has been drafted by solicitor David Smith – originally for delegates of our Rent to Rent Training. The agreement is now available as a stand alone product.
Cost is £390 (£326 + VAT).
Information about the agreement can be found on the. training information page.
If you own your property or run your letting agency through a limited company in most cases you will need to sign documents in accordance with section 44 of the Companies Act 2006.
This can cause particular problems with tenancy deposit prescribed information forms, following on from a case called Northwood Solihull v. Fearn and Ors.
To assist with this solicitor David Smith has drafted a clause which can be used to allow you to sign your prescribed information documents normally.
This is a pdf version of the Landlord Law members’ pets form – which is one of our most popular member documents.
It is used to amend a tenancy agreement (any tenancy agreement, it does not have to be a Landlord Law one) to incorporate new clauses to protect your position as the landlord if you allow your tenant to keep a pet.
The clauses include stipulations that the pet should be looked after properly and not left alone for long periods, provides for the pet to be vaccinated and microchipped where appropriate and requires the tenant to ensure that the animal doesn’t cause a nuisance to neighbours.
There is also a place for you to add your own clauses if you wish, there is provision for the fee allowed by the Tenant Fees Act (in England) and an increase in rent should you wish to change this (to take account of additional wear and teat) and the form comes with detailed guidance notes.
Landlord Law members can download a lodger agreement but apart from this Landlord Law members do not have access to lodger related forms.
However, these can be purchased from Tessa’s separate Your Law Store website where you will find lodger packs with all the documents you need, and other separate forms. There is also a ‘Monday to Friday’ lodger agreement.
All of our products are electronic and you will never receive anything through the post.
In all cases you will receive detailed guidance via email on how to access your product, so it is important that your system is set up to receive our emails. If you have purchased something but have not heard anything from us this will normally be becasue
In both cases we can deal with this for you, so please contact us via our ‘green button’ support service – find out more of this here (you may need to wait for the explanation popups to load).
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If you have a Landlord Law coupon you can claim your discount by adding the coupon to the coupon field in the ‘shopping cart’ basket.
Note that there are often conditions on the use of coupons. Some may be linked to a specific email address, others may have a condition that they cannot be used for ‘sale’ items or in conjunction with another coupon.
Incidentally, our coupons are not available via coupon sites on the internet. Generally, they are only available to customers who will have the coupon code emailed to them, although sometimes discount codes for bulk bookings may be available on an event information page.
You will be able to offset your points against purchases of eBooks, online kits, courses and CPD. Find out more about points here.
If you are booking a place on a workshop or the Conference, you cannot use your points for these. However, all Landlord Law members will get automatic discounts for these events if they book whilst logged in as a member. So if you are, say, booking a place on a workshop – make sure you are logged in!