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there are over 125 individual acts of legislation that landlords must adhere to if they're to remain on the right side of the law? Most landlords can't name the specific acts but know and understand the basics, which are:

  • Tenancy Deposit Protection

  • Annual gas safety inspections,

  • Energy Performance Certificates, EPC

  • Smoke Alarms

  • Carbon monoxide alarms, and;

  •  Serving of prescribed information

But, can you name the acts these rules come from? Can you name the recent legislation that demands an  EPC be ordered before the property to marketed to let and a valid EPC in place within 7 days and where reasonable to do so, this can be extended up to 21 days. This is detailed in the act The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

What about the relevant act that gives tenants the powers to report poor housing conditions? This is covered by Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. It is this act that obliges tenants to keep the property in a "tenant-like manner". Later acts gave tenants the right to complain without fear of revenge evictions making it a criminal offence to evict a tenant who requests "too many" repairs.

More legislation is working its way through parliament, being written into law, including the upcoming tenant fee ban, deposit cap and potential three-year minimum tenancies.

Now, more than ever, landlords should give strong consideration to letting their property and managing it themselves. With more than 125 and counting acts of legislation that landlords must be aware of and adhere to, it is no wonder that we regularly see landlords and rogue agents regularly convicted of failing to uphold their obligations.

If you think reading and learning the 125+ individual acts are daunting, entrust Harrisons Estate Agents to manage your property on your behalf. We've done all the reading so you don't have to.

A full list of the 125+ acts are listed below:

Consequences for falling foul of any of the below laws vary from small fines to court orders banning you from letting/managing property to custodial prison sentences.

 

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001

Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003

Anti-Social Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003

Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2003

Building Regulations Part P: Guidance Booklet

Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000

Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002

Consumer Protection Act 1987

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (SI no.2739)

Control of Pollution Act 1974

Council Tax (Additional Provisions for Discount Disregards) Order 1992

Council Tax (Chargeable Dwellings) Order 1992

Council Tax (Discount Disregards) Order 1992

Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) Order 1992

Council Tax (Liability for Owners) (Amendment) Regulations 1993

Council Tax (Liability for Owners) Regulations 1992

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Crime and Security Act 2010

Criminal Law Act 1977

Data Protection Act 1998

Defective Premises Act 1972

Deregulation Act 2015

Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2015

Disability Discrimination Act 2005

Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 (SI no.3260)

Employment Rights Act 1986

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations 2007

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment No.2)Regulations 2008

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Energy Act 2011

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2014

Equality Act 2010

Equality Act 2006

Estate Agents Act 1979

Finance Act 2003 (Part 4)

Firearms Act 1968

Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988

Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997

First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Fees Order 2013

Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993

Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1989

Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (SI no.1324)

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (SI No. 2451)

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996

Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990

Heat Network (Metering and Billing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014

Home Information Pack (Suspension) Order 2010

Houses in Multiple Occupation (Management) (England) Regulations 2009

Houses in Multiple Occupation (Management) (Wales) Regulations 2009

Housing (Interim Management Orders)(Prescribed Circumstances) Order 2006

Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010

Housing (Scotland) Act 2006

Housing (Scotland) Act 1988

Housing Act 1985 Part 10

Housing Act 1988

Housing Act 1996

Housing Act 2004

Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No 5 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (England) Order 2006

Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No 5 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Wales) Order 2006

Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Wales) Order 2006

Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007

Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Miscellaneous and Consequential) Amendment Regulations 2007

Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit)(Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing ) Amendment Regulations 2007

Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2009

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (England) Regulations 2005 (SI no.3208)

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (Wales) Regulations 2006

Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Prescribed Information) Order 2007

Housing (Tenancy Deposit) (Specified Interest Rate) Order 2007

Housing (Tenancy Deposit) Order 2007

Income & Corporation Taxes Act 1988

Income Tax (Trading and other Income) Act 2005

Infrastructure Act 2015

Inheritance Tax Act 1984

Immigration Act 2014

Immigration Act 2016

Land Registration Act 2002

Land Registration Rules 2003 (Si no.1417)

Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012

Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended)

Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

Landlord Registration Act 2002

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions)(Amendment)(England) Regulations 2012

Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007

Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2007

Licensing and Management of Houses in Mutiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006

Licensing and Management of Houses in Mutiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2006

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (Wales) Order 2006

Local Government Act 2003

Local Government Finance Act 1992

Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended)

Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006

Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006

Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005

Money Laundering Regulations 2003

Money Laundering Regulations 2007

Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010

Occupiers Liability Act 1957

Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994

Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949

Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008

Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011

Private Rented Housing Panel (Applications and Determinations) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Protection From Eviction Act 1977

Public Health Act 1961

Public Health Act 1936

Race Relations Act 1976

Redress Schemes for Lettings Agency Work and Property Management Work (Requirement to belong to a scheme etc) (England) Order 2014

Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Si no.1541)

Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002

Rent Act 1977

Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999

Rent (Scotland) Act 1984

Rent Officer (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2007

Rent Repayment Orders (Supplementary Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007

Rent Repayment Orders (Supplementary Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2008

Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (England) Regulations) 2011

Residential Property Tribunal Procedure (England) Regulations 2006

Residential Property Tribunal (Fees) (England) Regulations 2006

Residential Property Tribunal Procedure (Wales) Regulations 2006

Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (Wales) Regulations 2012

Residential Property Tribunal (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2006

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977

Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (England) Order 2006

Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (Wales) Order 2006

Selective Licensing of Houses (Additional Conditions) (Wales) Order 2006

Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968

Sex Discrimination Act 1975

Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992

Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Terrorism Act 2000

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2010

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Develpment) (Amendment) (England) Order 2010

Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2002

Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2006

Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005

Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987

Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013

Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1994

Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999

Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2001

Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Water Industry Act 1999

Water Industry Act 1991

Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011

Water Industry (Undertakers Wholly or Mainly in Wales) (Information about Non-owner Occupiers) Regulations 2014

Weeds Act 1959

Welfare Reform Act 2007

Welfare Reform Act 2007 (Commencement no 4 and Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011

Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007

Work at Height Regulations 2005 (as amended)

Work at Height Overhaul of guidance January 2014

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125 Things You Need To Know As A Landlord....

by Francesca - Property Manager
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