Here are the main laws, regulations & standards that affect Landlords in England & Wales, & what we can do to help you meet them: (Disclaimer)
Gas appliances checked for safety by a CORGI registered engineer within 12 months of installation and further checks at least once every twelve months after that.
Ensure a gas safety check has been carried out on pipe work, each appliance and flue every 12 months, except where the appliance was installed less than 12 months ago. The CORGI registered installer must take remedial action if an appliance fails a safety check.
Give a copy of the safety check record to any new tenant before they move in or to an existing tenant's) within 28 days of the check & keep records for 2 years.
All landlords of residential property to ensure that all gas appliances, pipework and flues are maintained in a safe condition.
Energy Performance of which introduce a number of new requirements including:
“Any residential premises should provide a safe and healthy environment for any potential occupier or visitor.”
All building services offered.
Hazardous defect inspection, all building services offered.
Complete property maintenance.
Smoking notices compliance.
Prohibition of discrimination on basis of race, colour, gender or disability.
The key elements of harassment are acts likely to interfere with the peace and comfort of the Residential Occupier OR The persistent withdrawal of essential services, & either
1) Is committed with the intention of causing the tenant to leave
2) Is committed with intent to stop the tenant pursuing their legal rights
3) Is committed by a Landlord or Agent who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a likely result of their acts invokes point 1 or 2 above.
A Section 8 Notice should be used where you do not have an Assured Short hold tenancy agreement, the tenant is in breach e.g. rent arrears, the tenancy has a long period to run or you are not allowed to issue a Section 21 Notice.
You cannot use force to throw them out. You must make an emergency application to the County Court and obtain what is called an Interim Possession Order. This will be served on the occupier who then has 24 hours to vacate the property. A failure to vacate gives you the right to go to your local police station and ask that they break in and throw the occupier out.
1) Tenants of assured/assured short-hold tenancies can refer a rent for review where the landlord has sought to increase it
2) Tenants of assured/assured short-hold tenancies can refer for review a landlords notice of a change in the tenancy agreement terms
3) Either landlords or tenants can refer a rent officers decision on a ‘fair rent’ if they disagree with it.
These regulations have been abridged for ease of reading. For complete & technically accurate text you are advised to visit official government agency websites to learn more and read about the details of the law in full.