Property law specialists Tessa Shepperson and Ben Reeve-Lewis have created a series of videos that could help landlords and letting agents.
The first is available now and deals with tenant deposits. Find it here: http://landlordlaw.tv/series-1-episode-1-dealing-with-deposits/
Separately, Reeve-Lewis has given his opinion on whether blacklists of rogue landlords and agents will work when they’re introduced in a housing act this autumn.
His thoughts? They won’t: “These new plans presuppose that local authorities have a well-funded crew of trained people able to use this legislation to tackle rogue landlords – but most don’t.
“The recent swingeing council budget cuts of April 2015 have led to many enforcement posts being deleted and people doubling up on duties they have no previous experience of.
“Without enough staff to enforce these standards, rogue landlords will continue to operate beyond the resources of councils.”1