Landlord Law for Landlords

Legal help, services & support for private residential landlords ...

 

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Is this you?

  • You need a tenancy agreement - but you can't understand the ones you've seen because they're stuffed full of long words and lawyers talk
  • You need advice on a tenancy issue but people keep giving you conflicting information
  • Your tenants aren't paying the rent and you're panicking - you don't know what to do & you're losing money fast
  • You need to need to evict your tenants, but you can't afford to use solicitors
  • You'd like to do things yourself but are worried about making a mistake
  • You are very unhappy with your letting agent and don't know how to deal with them
  • You want somewhere reliable where you can get forms and one to one advice when you need it

(These are just a few of the reasons why landlords join, and remain with, Landlord Law.)

Landlord Law can help

Tessa Shepperson

Landlord Law was conceived, written and devised, for you, by specialist landlord & tenant lawyer Tessa Shepperson

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Your website was a most valuable resource for all matters relating to our tenancies and the response time from yourself for any questions posted on the site was nothing short of heroic.

If anyone is reading this and considering whether or not to join up to Landlord Law, think no more , just get your hand in your pocket and you will not regret a penny of it.

Richard Devlin Landlord

Got a problem with your tenants or property?  Lets look at it together ...

Here are some of the services you will have at your fingertips as a Landlord Law member:

  • FAQ

    Answers to common questions writen in an easy no nonsense style

  • Articles

    More ‘in depth’ analysis of those tricky areas of law and practice

  • Tenancy agreements

    Unlimited use of our plain English style tenancy agreements

  • Members forum

    Ask  me (Tessa) quick questions on the things that bother you

  • Documents & Forms

    Our unique ‘document generator’ stores your forms in our cloud so you can use them again

  • Checking & Referencing Guide

    Having a good tenant is THE most important thing you do as a landlord

  • Legal cases

    For those who want them we have links to case law reports for relevant cases

  • Telephone help

    Pay extra telephone advice available – or  join as an annual +plus member & get one free

Tenancy Agreements include:

  • Standard Assured Shorthold Tenancy (incl guarantee)
  • Tenancy for a room in a shared house (eg HMO)
  • Resident landlord tenancy agreement
  • Tenancy agreements where the landlord pays the bills
  • Special AST agreements for student lets
  • Tenancy agreement renewal form

Information articles include:

  • Articles explaining the different types of tenancy
  • Guidance on serving documents
  • Tenancy Deposit Prescribed Information
  • Guidance on attending Court Hearings
  • Tenants leaving early and changing tenants
  • Guide for landlords on abandonment of properties

Forms include:

  • Right to Rent checklist (with guidance)
  • Deposit prescribed information form
  • Rent increase form
  • Possession Notices - section 21, section 8 & notice to quit
  • Deed of Guarantee
  • Tenants information form

Standard Letters include:

  • Letters to tenants in arrears of rent
  • Notice of landlords address under s48
  • Letter to HB office when tenant over 8 weeks in arrears
  • Letter notifying tenant of a new landlord
  • Letter confirming surrender agreement
  • Tenants letter of authority to Housing Benefit Office

This is just a small selection of the information content and forms available to you as a Landlord Law member ...

Explore some of the special features of Landlord Law by clicking the + sign on the boxes below :

The Tenancy Agreements Service +

The Tenancy Agreements Service

Forget confusing, jargon stuffed tenancy agreements you don’t understand.  Ours are all written in a plain English style so you know what they mean – and tenants love them.

During your membership period you get unlimited use of all our different templates including:

  • A ‘bog standard’ AST
  • A residential landlord tenancy
  • A company let
  • A tenancy for a room in a shared house
  • Tenancies where the landlord pays the bills

So you should be able to find the right one for you

Also included are:

  • A deed of guarantee (plus many of the tenancy templates incorporate a guarantee)
  • A renewal form

Create tenancy agreements using our unique ‘document generator’ – allowing you to make your own tenancy agreement online (with a limited amount of customisation).

The system then stores all your documents on our servers allowing you to go back and  reuse the document information later.  A great saving of time!

Put your business in a good light by using clear and easy to understand tenancy agreements and forms.

The Rent Arrears Action Plan +

The Rent Arrears Action Plan

Are your tenants not paying rent?  Do you know what to do?

Get detailed guidance on dealing with tenants in arrears of rent from day one.  Includes

  • Draft letters and forms
  • Explanations of the relevant laws
  • Possession notices – discussed in context
  • How to draft a schedule of arrears for Court
  • Checklists & forms

If your tenants still fail to pay, you can then use the DIY Eviction Guide ( plus members only)

If you panic when tenants stop paying rent and don’t know what to do about it – this service is for you!

Letting agent dismissal guide +

The Letting Agent Dismissal Guide

Is your agent not doing his job properly?  For example keeping you in the dark, not checking prospective tenants properly and not paying your rent on time?

This guide will talk you through the issues and options available to you. For example:

  • Your agency contract – the things you need to look for
  • Common situations and what to do about them
  • Agents commission – are they entitled to it?
  • Whether you are entitled to end the agreement now and if so how to do it
  • Whether you need to use solicitors

As disputes vary widely we cannot cover ALL situations but you will find the guide very helpful.

Or are YOU an agent?  If so, this service will be helpful when advising new customers wanting to transfer to your firm

If you are having problems with your letting agent – this section will help you work out what your rights are

Which Possession Proceedings Trail +

The Which Possession Proceedings Trail

How do you know which type of eviction procedure, or which type of notice is the right one for your situation?  If you get it wrong you could lose a lot of time and money.

Meet the Which Possession Proceedings Train – this will guide you  by question and answer and help you decide what to do.  Just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as appropriate to reach the right answer for you.

Its almost like having me sitting next to you!

Use this guide to work out the correct procedure for your case and avoid expensive errors

If you have forgotten to protect the deposit +

Guidance on dealing with tenancy deposit issues

Have you decided to evict your tenant, only to find that you can’t serve a section 21 notice on him because you forgot to protect the deposit?  Or protected it after the 30 days.  Or because you forgot to serve the prescribed information?

Or maybe your letting agent let you down and failed to protect it?

You are not alone – many landlords are faced with this situation.

Our Tenancy Deposit Compliance checker will take you by question and answer through all the possibilities and will tell you what you need to do before you can serve your section 21 notice.

There are also tips on avoiding the penalty.

If you find that you can’t evict your tenant because of tenancy deposit issues, this guide will tell you what you need to do.

DIY Eviction Guide +

The DIY Eviction Guide

If you want to evict your tenants but can’t afford the lawyers fees – our DIY guide has detailed guidance to help you:

  • Possession notices
  • Section 21 claims
  • Rent arrears claims
  • Unregulated / common law tenancies

Guidance includes:

  • Things you need to consider before you start
  • How to draft and serve the possession notice
  • How to fill in the forms (with pictures)
  • What happens next
  • Attending Court (where necessary)
  • Avoiding problem situations
  • Instructing the Court Bailiffs

You can also use our advocacy service to have a professional advocate attend with you at court and address the Judge on your behalf  for a payment of £144

100′s of landlords have used our DIY Guide to evict their tenants.  One to one support available if you need it.

“Just to let you know we used your kit for the accelerated possession and it all worked out fine – and we now have our property back…….THANK YOU” Sally Keaveny, Landlord

Save money and get things done right with this service!

NB: Want more one to one support?  Take a look at our Eviction Special membership ...

Landlord Law will empower you by giving you the information and documentation to do things YOURSELF, without having to rely on expensive 'experts' - who often prove unsatisfactory anyway.

So many things you need to know before becoming a landlord or you could innocently get into trouble.

This website helped me so much, all my questions were answered quickly and in a way that I could understand.

You can't afford not to take a look at this website and join for as long as you can learn.

Mandy Felton Landlord

Some answers to questions often asked by landlords:

  • q-iconCan you tell me a bit more about your credentials?

    I qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and ran my own specialist landlord & tenant law firm, TJ Shepperson, for nearly 20 years.  I closed this in 2013 to concentrate on Landlord Law and my separate training business.  I am fairly well respected in the industry.

  • q-iconIf I need to cancel, what do I do?

    You can cancel and get a full refund provided you let us know within 30 days of first joining as a member.  Refunds after that are at our discretion. You can also get a full refund if you notify us within 7 days of your recurring payment

  • q-iconDo I have to sign up for a whole year?

    No.  Only if you join as an annual member.  If you join as a monthly member then you can cancel your membership after one month of you want, or after several months or remain as a long term monthly member.  It is up to you.

  • q-iconDo you deal with commercial property & long leases?

    We specialise in short residential tenancies, for example assured shorthold tenancies, and so we do not cover shops and offices or leases of over 7 years.  Neither do we cover agricultural tenancies. However our associated solicitors Anthony Gold can advise in these areas.

  • q-iconCan you act as my solicitor, for example in evicting tenants?

    If you need a solicitor, housing specialists Anthony Gold are associated with Landlord Law and will be happy to act for you.  As I closed my law firm in 2013, I no longer take on solicitors work, although I still provide some ‘one to one’ advice services to members

  • q-iconDo you give tax advice?

    This is a site for legal information and so does not cover tax advice.  Neither can we offer any financial services.  Landlords are advised to speak to their accountants for tax advice.

  • q-iconDo you offer a membership service for businesses?

    Yes, if you have several staff members who will need to use the site, there is our multi user membership.  You can read about this >> here (the page will open in a new tab or window)

  • q-iconCan I see your terms and conditions?

    Yes, Landlord Law membership is subject to the terms and conditions you will find >> here (the page will open in a new tab or window)

  • q-iconDoes your service cover Scotland and Northern Ireland?

    No, those areas have different legal systems.  Neither do we cater for landlords elsewhere, eg in American or Australia (apart from ex pat landlords) .  This site is only relevant for property in England & Wales UK.

  • q-iconDo you give free advice to members?

    Annual members get a free telephone advice call with Tessa Shepperson and all members can ask Tessa ‘quick questions’ in the members forum area.  However apart from this, ‘one to  one’ advice is a paid extra service.

If you wake up in the night worrying about a tricky landlord & tenant related problem and can't sleep - most times you will find the answer on Landlord Law. If not - pop a question on the members forum - I try to answer questions within 24 hours.

Note - are you just looking to evict your tenant?  Why not try our >> Eviction Special membership?

Take a look at what some of our members have to say about Landlord Law:

I found your help and the services and data available through the website invaluable and you made my entering in to the role of landlord much easier than I had expected. To have the right information and advice was of immense help

Peter Chick Landlord

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

I have used Landlord Law for five years and the resources they provide have definitely saved me time and money. Tessa is always very responsive and helpful when I have needed to ask questions.

The forum pages are full of interesting experiences from other landlords and can help to clarify my knowledge.

Ric Harrison Landlord

I love how clear and easy to understand your tenancy agreements are

Mo B Landlord

We have been with you since 2006 and love the site - gives us massive confidence as landlords, and it makes a huge difference having a real person fronting it rather than a faceless company name

Ian Cosier Landlord

A comprehensive landlord advice service providing rapid responses to any queries.

John Hendzel Landlord

An excellent website. Essential for any landlord who wants to be up to date with ever-changing legislation.

Tricia Wormauld Landlord

Are you ready to join now or are you not sure?

If you are ready to join - scroll down.  If you are not sure - is it because of one of the following?

  • "I just want to buy a tenancy agreement - I don't want all the other stuff"

    Fair enough, but remember that renting a property to a tenant involves much more than just giving them a tenancy agreement.  Rented property is a heavily regulated area and you need to know what you need to do -and do it!  (Or you can be sued and/or prosecuted).   Landlord Law can help by telling you what you need to do, and giving you the resources and the forms that you need to do it.  Plus I am around on the forum to answer any questions you may have.

  • "£20 per month is quite a lot of money"

    You don’t have to stay a member if you don’t want to – you can cancel after just one month if you like.  Or join for one month to see how you like the service and then upgrade later (the +plus membership is more economic long  term).  Quite a few people do that.  But monthly membership is under £0.67p per day – which is not a lot for peace of mind …

  • "I'm worried about the recurring payment - will I be able to stop it?"

    When you join as a monthly member our third welcome email tells you exactly how to cancel and you are given a link to click which will end the membership now and tell use to cancel the  recurring payments.  If you join as a +Plus member you will be sent an email with the cancel link a week before your membership is due to renew.  If for any reason the payment still goes out – contact me (Tessa Shepperson) and I will refund it and cancel your membership manually.

  • "I really just want some telephone advice"

    If you >> click here this will take you to a page which you can sign up for our non members telephone advice service – you get a free month of Landlord Law thrown in too!  Or why not join as an annual +Plus member?  You will then get a free telephone advice with me, Tessa Shepperson, as part of your membership entitlement.

Remember also that  you can cancel at any time during the first 30 days after purchase under our no quibble money back guarantee.

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To get access to Landlord Law now, follow the instructions below:

  • Select one of the three options below
  • You then click to pay online by credit card (a receipted VAT invoice will be sent as standard)
  • Remember that you will be signed up to a recurring payment - but you can cancel at any time
  • Alternatively click the link below the boxes if you prefer to be invoiced (note - this can take a while so if you want immediate access you should use the credit card option)
Standard Membership
£20per month
  • Unlimited use of our tenancy agreement templates - there are over 25 of them!
  • Unlimited use of our possession notices
  • Unlimited use of the other letters and forms
  • Rent Arrears Action Plan – help from day 1
  • Guide for landlords wanting to dismiss their letting agents
  • Numerous FAQ, articles and guides
  • Ask Tessa questions in the forum
Choose this

Get access to the main Landlord Law features at an affordable monthly fee - payment by credit card only

+Plus Membership
£180per year
  • All the standard members features plus:
  • “Do it Yourself’ Eviction Kit – save money and get it right
  • Unlimited use of our video library
  • Access our tenant content too – helpful for advisors
  • Choose whether to join as an annual member (£180) or for six months only (£96)
  • One FREE telephone advice with Tessa Shepperson - annual members only
Choose this

An affordable way to get the benefit of our +plus membership

Premium Membership
£1,800per year
  • Get peace of mind with our top level service
  • 12 telephone advice calls pa
  • Introductory 'getting to know you' online training session
  • 8 valuable bonus items
  • Generous discounts on training with Easy Law Training Ltd
  • Up to 3 extra accounts for staff members
  • All the standard and +Plus member benefits
  • Suitable for small to medium businesses needing extra support
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More member feedback:

The Landlord Law service is excellent, very easy and straight forward to use and gives people who do't know where to start to confidence to become a landlord on their own.

Charlotte, landlord

The personal service provided by Landlord Law makes this service stand out. The suite of online documents was very useful. We would happily recommend to friends and family.

Ian Longville , landlord

Tessa's service was invaluable for me and I cannot recommend the service highly enough - Tessa was always very responsive and it was reassuring to know I could post a question and get a swift answer.

Viv, landlord

I just wanted to say how happy I was to find your website. We are private landlords with a few properties. Unfortunately, we chose a ‘nightmare’ tenant who seemed very plausible at the outset. She wrecked the property and wasn’t paying the rent.

I was very stressed by the situation as were all the neighbours. Your site provided in a clear way of how to proceed and eventually she left the property.

I now use all your forms, which are easy to edit. It is great to have everything in one place and to know that you are keeping all the documents up to date in terms of the law. I do consider the membership to be excellent value.

Jen Unwin, landlord
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