If you are a landlord who rents out to the private sector then you will need to be aware of the National Landlords Association (NLA) Code Of Practice, which seeks to promote good practice between landlords and tenants.
When you hire a third party agent they will also need to know about the Code of Practice and follow specific guidelines.
The landlord must agree to this Code of Practice as soon as a tenancy has been drawn up.
3.1.8 of the Code of Practice states that the landlord will respect the tenant's rights to peaceful and quiet enjoyment of the property and will, emergencies excepted, ensure the landlord or agent gives the tenant reasonable notice of at least 24 hours when access to the property is required.
Many landlords are still not clear on the right to access on their privately rented properties
If there is an emergency situation then you will have the right to access, however, this must be deemed as 'necessary work'. If you have given the tenant a 24-hour written notice period you must then make sure that you do not access the property out of reasonable hours.
You may have a fantastic relationship with your tenant and think that this is over the top but to make sure that no disputes arise at a later date then it is best practice to follow these guidelines.
Housing Act 1988
If you are unsure of your rights and those of your tenant then be sure to read the Housing Act 1988 as posted below.
My proactive approach ensures that you receive the best service at all times and guide both tenants and landlords throughout the lettings process which also includes all aspects of the legal requirements involved.
Don’t get caught out
It is illegal for a landlord to access the property without agreement from the tenant. You should also act as if you are a guest at the property and wait to be invited in, do not just enter on your own accord.
If any of the above confuses you or you would like to just pass over the management of your property then I provide you with one point of contact throughout the tenancy but also understand that communication on both sides keeps all parties happy.
In other news
In certain borough's of London, as a landlord, you must apply for a license for each home you rent out or you could be facing a fine up to £20,000. Read all about it here http://www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk/
My next blog and newsletter will be covering The Selective Licensing Fee so make sure that you keep an eye out for those.
Remember, LETTINGS IS EASY WHEN YOU WORK WITH THE RIGHT PARTNER [but hard work when you don't!]