Help wanted! Landlords grappling with legislation

Published: 26/08/2013

Around half of private landlords are finding it difficult to keep up with current landlord law, according to a recent survey by the National Landlords Association (NLA).

These latest figures have shown a 4 per cent increase in the number of landlords struggling to keep abreast of the latest changes.

There are currently over 50 Acts of Parliament and in excess of 70 sets of regulations which landlords must abide by. However with recent press coverage surrounding deposit protection and the verification of the immigration status of tenants, this figure could increase further in the coming months.

Solicitor and Head of GW LET, Rob Denman, understands landlords growing concerns:

“There has been a real focus on landlord law in recent months, most notably because of the case of Superstrike Ltd v. Marino Rodrigues and the potential change in legislation surrounding the protection and subsequent re-protection of tenancy deposits.

“This is one of the reasons behind the launch of GW LET (Landlord Empowerment Team) – to offer landlords access to help and advice from qualified legal specialists.

“The buy to let industry has understandably tempted many new landlords into the market of late but it is essential that they have a good understanding of what is expected of them.

“At Goldsmith Williams, it has always been our aim to make legal services accessible to our clients including landlords. Therefore anyone poised to join the letting game should check out our two infographics – the legal responsibilities of a landlord and landlord FAQs – which will hopefully provide a solid starter for 10. From thereon in, if you have any further questions or encounter any problems down the line, our dedicated team is on hand to offer expert legal guidance.”

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