Our Guide to Renting a Property
To simplify the renting of your home, we have put together this step by step guide to make the whole process clearer and providing clarity. Please note, laws change quickly within the industry so please contact us for more tailored information.
Landlords need to know what they are doing, have a clear understanding of which legislation they need to comply with and just as importantly, how to get professional help when needed. there are over a hundred different pieces of legislation which relate to letting properties and landlords need to be aware of such legislation. Failure to comply with all the legislation relating to letting accommodation may lead to heavy financial penalties or, in very rare cases, even a prison sentence. Which is why it’s important to pick an Estate agent who knows these laws. For example ;
The latest piece of legislation to affect landlords is the Government’s Immigration Act to make landlords legally responsible for checking the immigrant status of tenants and their right to rent in the UK.
Letting a property is by no means an easy matter and landlords should appreciate and understand that the legislation around letting in England and Wales heavily favours tenants rather than landlords. This document is in no way exhaustive and a landlord should always seek professional help and advice on any particular problem.