I am looking forward to the day when landlords get some good press but I guess, good news is not news. Today the BBC and other broadcasters have highlighted that the laws to prevent landlords evicting tenants as revenge for them requesting work and/or repairs is not being enforced properly. Some rogues landlords continue to rent out properties that look like doss houses in spite of the law being against them. I have to say, I get quite annoyed about this as I and the majority of landlords do our best to keep properties well maintained and tenants happy. Only yesterday I arranged for a decorator to redecorate a house for a tenant as the decor was looking a bit dated – and believe it or not it was me who asked the tenant if she would like the work doing!!
Here is a reminder on legislation, under the Deregulation Act 2015 if all of the criteria below is met, the landlord cannot serve notice or evict a tenant:
- Landlords are not allowed to serve notice to a tenant if the tenant has complained about the state of repair and if the landlord has not responded adequately within 14 days of the complaint
- The tenant then complains about the issue to the Local Authority
- The landlord’s response was to serve a Section 21 Notice
Happy tenants generally mean happy landlords in my opinion, a bit like ‘happy wife, happy life!’
Much more information in my book that can be purchased here. Yes, I do have to plug the book because so much has changed over the past 2 years in terms of legislation and tax! I can only surmise that some landlords will inevitably spend even less on their properties as the new tax rules begin to bite, more out of necessity than ill will.