Spotlight on Regulations for Residential Landlords
- AuthorAndrew Morley
Landlords today face a bewildering array of regulations. Many are centred around tenant safety and might be thought matters of commons sense or good practice, but any breach could lead variously to a fine, compensation claim, a Prohibition Notice requiring remedial works to be undertaken, render any Notice Seeking possession ineffective against the tenant or even find the landlord behind bars.
With this in mind this regular series aims to highlight the main responsibilities the landlord has to contend with.
Home Businesses – if a tenant intends to work from home this can present problems as the situation is then neither a residential nor a business tenancy. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 deals with this by the creation of a Home Business Tenancy and this can be written into the tenancy agreement. It does mean that consideration has to be given to planning issues, the possible application of business rates, property insurance and the implications for any mortgage the landlord has.
This Blog is written to raise awareness of these issues. While every effort has been made to ensure that it is correct at the time of first publication it may not be updated, even if the law changes. It is not intended to be specific legal advice and cannot be relied on as such. Chattertons are not responsible or liable for any action taken or not taken as a result of this Blog. If you think any of these matters affect you then we would be happy to advise.
Andrew Morley provides dispute resolution and residential landlord and tenant services from our Lincoln office.