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Specialist legal support for landlords

This comes in response to the growing number of cases where private residential landlords have fallen foul of the law, often because they were not aware of their legal obligations.
Stacey Pocock, a property litigation solicitor with Atherton Godfrey, said: “Being a landlord brings many responsibilities. There have been a number of incidents reported in the regional press where landlords have received hefty fines or even custodial sentences simply for not adhering to their legal obligations.”
Recently reported incidents include a landlord jailed for unlawfully eviciting a tenant, a landlord fined over £700 for harassing a tenant by sending text messages demanding rent and two landlords who both received suspended sentences for failing to maintain gas appliances at a property they jointly owned.
Breaching housing regulations or failing to licence properties used for multiple occupation (HMOs) can also lead to landlords getting on the wrong side of the local authorities.
One recent incident that attracted media attention was that of a Bessacarr landlord who was fined more than £6,000 after Doncaster Council prosecuted him for contravening HMO regulations.
Stacey added: “There is a strong message here to landlords that they must comply with relevant regulations.
“Many landlords are often unaware of what is required from a legal standpoint. Unfortunately for them, ignorance of the law is no defence and does not get them out of paying the penalties.”
The team is able to help landlords make sure they get the best from their investment and provides a comprehensive service including:

Preparation of Tenancy Agreements
Preparation and service of statutory notices
Advice on evictions and obtaining possession
Initial tenancy set-up advice for new landlords

For more information please call our Landlord Services Team on 01302 320621 or email landlordprotect@athertongodfrey.co.uk
 

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