The Legal Basics Courses

These courses are here to help explain various important elements of the English and Welsh legal system. This will give you some basic understanding and make it easier for you to get a grip on the various legal principles which underlie landlord and tenant law.

The Legal Basics courses are available to both Basic and Business Level Landlord Law members.  

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Free to all members

Landlord Law Legal Basics – Common law and Statute

'Common law' has several different meanings and is also different from 'statute' or legislation.  This is fundamental to how the English and Welsh legal system works.  This course gives a brief explanation.
Free to all members

Landlord Law Legal Basics – Criminal Law and Civil Law

Criminal law and civil law are two separate systems of law in England and Wales.  This course explains the difference between them.  There is also a section looking at legal personnel.
Free to all members

Landlord Law Legal Basics – Contract Law

Contract law is one of the four fundamental legal topics that form the foundation of our legal system (civil law). Contract law also forms part of tenancy law, so if you understand how it works then this will help you understand tenancy law.  
Free to all members

Landlord Law Legal Basics – Tort (or ‘Civil Wrongs’)

Most non-lawyers have never heard of the word 'tort' but you will find the laws themselves more familiar. They include things like trespass and the law of negligence.
Free to all members

Landlord Law Legal Basics – Trust and Equity

The law of trusts underpins the rules which operate when two people own land (or a tenancy) together and is also important to the law of agency. 
Free to all members

Landlord Law Legal Basics – Land Law

Land law is a rather difficult academic subject and landlords (for example)  don't really need to know a huge amount about it.  This short course will give an introduction to the basics.
Free to all members

Landlord Law Legal Basics – Agency Law

Agency law is a special type of contract law which applies when someone is authorised to create a contract on behalf of another.  You should read the 'Contract law' and 'Trust and Equity' courses before taking this course.