This is the solution used by many landlords. However – how can you be sure that your agents really know what they are doing?
Some agents are wonderful. Others less so.
Also with the reduction in their fees due to the tenant fees ban, many will be looking to charge more fees to their landlords. Can you afford them?
Get this right and you can save large sums of money plus you will have the satisfaction that comes from taking control and being master of your own destiny.
However if you make mistakes the authorities may seek to penalise you. And the penalties can be very expensive.
You can avoid this though by doing regular training and ensuring you are up to date
Doing training though is easier said than done:
If you learn best by watching videos – a text based course may not be good for you. Or you may find it easier to learn if you actually do something – such as answering questions or moving blocks on a screen.
I’m Tessa Shepperson, a specialist landlord & tenant lawyer. For many years I ran my own solicitors firm and now I provide training and information services to landlords and letting agents.
Up to now, our training courses have mostly been recordings of face to face workshops with specialists along with the course handbooks and powerpoints used by the trainers.
However I have been concerned for a while that, although the workshops themselves work well as training events, people find the recordings and material less helpful.
I wanted to do something different. Something that would make an online course easier to use and absorb.
So I have invested in new course creation software to allow me to make something more exciting for you.
This five part course is my first project and I hope you will enjoy it. It will allow you to learn in the following ways:
The variety of learning methods will make learning more fun – making it easier for you to absorb and retain the material. Helping you become a better landlord or agent.
The course as a whole is totally mobile responsible so you can learn on your desktop, tablet or even your smart phone.
The course is in five parts which will go live a fortnightly intervals between 7 October and 2 December. It will then remain online until the end of September 2020 giving you plenty of time to revisit it later.
There is also an introductory section.
Introduction (this will be available to buyers before the course starts) –
Part 1 : Background Information – 7 October 2019
The purpose of this section is to give everyone the legal background they will need to properly understand the rest of the course.
Part 2: The Property Condition – 21 October 2019
The purpose of this section is to bring you up to date with the new rules you need to comply with to ensure that your property is safe, and to avoid penalties.
Part 3: Tenancy Agreements – 4 November 2019
The purpose of this section is to help you to understand your tenancy agreement and make it work for you,
Part 4: Setting up a Tenancy – 18 November 2019
The purpose of this section is to give you a guide to work from so nothing is missed at this important stage. It will include pdf checklists and forms.
Part 5: Ending Tenancies – 2 December 2019
The purpose of this section is to inform you about the ending of a tenancy so you can take precautionary measures to ensure nothing goes wrong.
More interviews will be announced shortly.
All our content is mobile responsive, which allows you to read and study the course easily, and watch the videos on most devices, including smart-phones and tablets.
The only parts of the course which are perhaps best dealt with on a laptop or desktop computer are the pdf documents – which you may prefer to print out.
However, the course can easily be accessed, for example on your smart-phone, while travelling or waiting in a queue.
If you find the course is unsuitable for you in any way – all you need to do is email us requesting a cancellation not later than 30 days after purchase (or the date the course goes live if later) , giving your reason why.
We will then cancel your purchase (and your access) and refund your money within 14 days.
Q: What if I can’t access the course or if it does not work on my computer?
A: It should do, this software is designed for accessibility. However, if you have a problem check out our support section, and/or contact us. If the problems cannot be resolved, you can claim your money back under our guarantee.
Q: I am based in Wales, can I use the course?
A: Yes we state in the course where the law is different in Wales from that in England. However if you are an experienced landlord note that there have been fewer changes in Wales so the course may be less valuable for you
Q: I am based in Scotland, can I use the course?
A: No. The course is written for rented properties in England or Wales UK only. Scotland has a different legal system, as does Northern Ireland. So it will not be suitable for you – sorry
Q: How long do I get access?
A: You will get access until 30 September 2020. We do not give indefinite access as the law changes over time.
Q: I am a letting agent – is this course suitable for me?
A: Yes, the course is equally suitable for landlords and letting agents.
Q: How do I get the additional staff places at reduced cost?
A: They will be available to purchase after you have purchased your full price place.
Q: I am only interested in part of the course. Can I pay less and just buy that part?
A: No, the course has been designed as a whole. The separate sections are not available individually.
Q: I am a Landlord Law member – do I need the course?
A: Landlord Law is not a training course. This course content is mostly different from the Landlord Law material and it will help you use and understand Landlord Law better.
Q: Can I ask you questions about my particular issues?
A: The course does not include any ‘one to one’ advice element. However, if you are a Landlord Law member you will be able to ask questions via our members’ forum.
Q: I prefer not to pay online – can I pay by BACS or cheque?
A: We normally only accept payment via our online system (as this generates your access link). However, you can elect to pay by either credit / debit card or pay pal.
Q: If I get the basic course but then decide I would like the CPD version, can I upgrade?
A: Yes, but you will need to pay the difference between the two versions plus a £5 admin charge. To upgrade, contact us via the support section.
Q: How will I get to the course when I have bought it?
A: You will need to log in and then go to your ‘My Purchases’ page. You will find a link to the course dashboard there.
We have two ‘proper’ courses which you can try totally free of charge. So you can assess whether the full course is for you.
This is the first course I created with this new software) will explain the difference between a tenancy and a license.
A full and detailed introduction to HMO law and practice, containing video clips featuring David Smith at one of our workshops, and looking at the different types of HMO, licensing and management of HMOs, and enforcement issues. Contains two exercises including a scenario with ‘Larry the Council Officer’.
If you have any problems get in touch – you will find a form you can use on the ‘basket’ page or on our contact page.
All training courses are sold subject to our standard terms and conditions (the link will open in a new window or tab).
Please now select one of the options below:
This includes the following:
Additional places can be bought for staff members needing CPD at a significantly lower cost.
Normal price £500 Early Bird Price £250 (£208.33 + VAT)
£100 £50 each
This includes the following:
Additional places can be bought for staff members at a significantly lower cost.
Normal price £400 Early Bird Price £200 (£166.67 + VAT)
£80 £40 each
You will find links to purchase your additional places after you have purchased a full price place.
“This is a great way to quickly become appraised of the legal reasons for doing things a certain way. It is easy to read and covers the setting up of tenancies correctly, things to consider, and what to do in the event of disaster”
Sally Prittie Landlord (about the Changing Tenants Kit)
“Well put together. Informative. Easy to follow”
Ben Tahouri Letting Agent (about the Changing tenants kit)
“The information in this kit is very clear and easy to understand. It has given me far more confidence about dealing with these issues with my tenants.”
Janet Lacey Landlord (about the Changing Tenants Kit)
“Once again, Ms Shepperson has produced a clear and highly informative kit to assist both the new landlord and professionals. Her clear narrative is easy to understand and she covers the topics to the highest level as always”
Tracey Fisher, Letting Agent (about the Property Inspection Kit)