Landlords and letting agents operate within a heavily regulated environment. Yet most remain ignorant of the underlying legal rules.
Laying them open to potential problems and errors made through lack of understanding.
So how will this course help?
Because it will help you understand things – almost as if you were a lawyer yourself
AND then you will be able to do more yourself (and avoid lawyers fees)!
There is no getting away from it – law can be very confusing for people who have never studied it. For example
- Why are there different types of tenancy and what does this mean for you?
- Why do you have to serve different types of notice for different types of tenancy?
- What is the significance, for you, of a tenancy being an assured shorthold tenancy, or a protected tenancy or a common law tenancy?
These things are governed by logical rules which, once you know about them, will help you understand how it all works and why you need to do things in a certain way
These rules have developed over many, sometimes hundreds of years.
Sometimes people seem to think that legal matters are too complex and esoteric for ‘ordinary people’ to understand.
But that’s not true – because most people have no problem understanding things when they are explained clearly – without a lot of lawyers waffle and confusing long words
This is where Easy Law for Landlords comes in
How would you like a course
- Which was delivered solely online – so you did not have to travel and could do the course in YOUR time rather than that of the course organisers?
- A course which was written in plain English and which explained things clearly and simply (with pictures)
- A course which included videos, and interviews with industry experts
- Which had interactive diagrams to explain tricky points, and
- A place where you could ask questions
In short, a course that you will enjoy and which will make it easy for you to learn the things you need to know.
If so Easy Law for Landlords is for you!
What we do is make it easier for you to learn by teaching law in a different way – an easy way
What will the course do for you?
My aim is that it will
- Help you understand how our legal system works, so you will
- Do things the right way (without making costly errors), and
- Give you greater knowledge of the rules underlying tenancy law, and therefore
- More confidence when dealing with difficult tenants, and
- Dealing with things yourself rather than using expensive lawyers
I also want it to be enjoyable and fun – because if you enjoy doing it, you are more likely to remember it
So if you sign up – what do you get?
The course is divided into 14 weekly parts which will be delivered to you one week at a time – giving you time to study and absorb one part before going on to the next.
The course content will start by looking at general law topics in outline, before moving in to look at the housing legislation (the Housing and Rent Acts) in more detail, finishing off with some content on shared properties and HMOs.
By the time you reach the end you will have a much better understanding of the laws that affect you and your properties.
Lets look now at what you get in more detail:
Part 1 – General law (1) Introduction to common law and statute
This part looks at the main ways that our law is made and explains what common law is. We also look at the process of creating legislation in Parliament.
Part 2 – General law (2) Introduction to criminal law and civil law
I explain the difference between these two types of law and discuss case law. There is also some content on the different types of ‘legal personnel’ and the work that they do.
>> Download a free pdf on the four areas of law!
After this general introduction to our legal system, the next five parts look at various types of ‘civil’ law which are particularly relevant to landlords and landlord and tenant law.
Part 3 – Civil law (1) – contract
Contract law forms part of tenancy law, so if you understand how it works then this will help you understand tenancy law properly. I also introduce you to some famous contract law cases.
Part 4 – Civil law (2) – 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.
I explain these in the context of landlord and tenant law.
Part 5 – Civil law (3) – trust and equity
You may wonder what relevance this has to tenancies, but actually trust law underpins the rules which operate when two people own land (or a tenancy) together.
This section has quite a few interactive diagrams to help you understand how it all works.
Part 6 – Civil law (4) – agency law
People don’t often realise that there IS a law of agency. However there is, and it is very relevant to both letting agents and the landlords who use them.
This section will help you understand what your rights are and also the very serious obligations that agents have towards their customers.
Part 7 – Civil law (5) – land law
Landlord & tenant law grew out of land law. This is a complex area but we have some detailed articles to help you and some more of those helpful interactive diagrams.
>> Download a free pdf on these five areas of civil law
Part 8 – Common law tenancy basics (1)
We now move over to start looking in detail at tenancy law. This part looks at what a lease or tenancy is and compares it to a license.
We also take a quick look at the law relating to lodgers.
Part 9 – Common law tenancy basics (2)
In this part we look at a lease from start to finish – explaining the rules which underlie ALL leases.
We also take a look at some of the cases which have helped form this area of law.
Part 10 – The statutory codes (1) Introduction
The underlying common law rules we looked at in parts 8 and 9 have been changed by statute which has set up various ‘statutory codes’.
We start with a short history of housing law in this country. There are then three short videos which help put it all in context.
Part 11 – The statutory codes (2) – The Rent Act 1977
The Rent Act 1977 applies to most tenancies which started before 15 January 1989. There are still quite a few of them left but as it is old law, it is not generally well known. However after studying this section YOU will know it very well!
Understanding the Rent Act is particularly important for property investors buying properties with sitting tenants – otherwise you could get caught out.
Part 12 – The statutory codes (3) The Housing Act 1988
The Housing Act 1988 is the act which sets up the statutory code in force today. So anyone involved in renting property needs to understand how it works.
We look at it in some detail.
>> Download a free pdf on tenancy types
Part 13 – Shared houses and the Residential Property Tribunal
In this section we look at the complicated rules which apply when more than one person shares a rented property. There is also an interview with Residential Property Chair John Murray which will help give you an insight into how the tribunal works.
Part 14 – An introduction to HMOs
We will be running a separate course just on HMOs’, but this section explains what an HMO is and we discuss some of the most important features that you as a landlord will need to know.
And thats it!
Well first of all, it is an online course. So there is no travelling to physical classrooms.
It can all be done in your own time and in the comfort of your own home.
The basic content is a series of articles, written by me (Tessa Shepperson).
Most of the articles also have audio versions which you can download, to listen to on your ipod while out walking, or in the car.
- Interactive diagrams
The course content is supplemented by interactive diagrams to illustrate various aspects of the course in more detail.
** Important note ** At present the interactive diagrams use flash and cannot be viewed on all devices. We are working on this however and hope to be able to replace these with non flash versions in due course. The interactive diagrams WILL work on normal PCs, laptops, macbooks etc. The problem really ONLY affects iphones and ipads.
- Videos and interviews
Each week has a short introductory video to introduce you to the weeks content. There are also other videos in some parts of the course, as well as the two recorded interviews with industry experts. These will give you another way to view and learn the course content.
Note that the videos CAN be viewed on ALL devices so you will be able to watch them on your iphone or ipad, eg while on the train! Our special video software will assess the device and present the correct version for you to view.
- Feedback and discussion
Finally, you can ask questions using the comment areas at the bottom of each page (which we will try to answer within 24 hours if we can), and there are also separate feedback forms for you to give feedback on the course.
However, please note the following about the course:
- It will only cover the law in England and Wales UK. It will not therefore be suitable for landlords in other countries (such as Scotland and Ireland) which have different legal systems.
- It will only cover the law relating to short lets. This includes tenancies with terms of 7 years or less, although most tenancies in this type will have a fixed term of six to 12 months.
- It will only look at the private rented sector. So I will not cover, in any detail, social tenancies provided by local authorities and housing associations
- The course is subject to our standard terms and conditions (the link will open in a new website)
But what if I am on holiday for part of the course?
That’s not a problem. Because all of the course content will be on the Internet, it will still be there for you to read and catch up on when you get back. You will have access to the course material for another 32 days after the end of the course period.
Fees and payment:
- The basic course fee is £168 ( £140 plus VAT)
- You can either pay now via credit card using our Worldpay account and get access immediately, or
- Ask for an invoice and then pay by cheque or bank transfer
- All fees are payable in advance
Our no quibble moneyback guarantee -
If you don’t like the course or feel it is not for you, let us know by email within 14 days from the date your course started. We will then cancel your membership of the course and refund your money in full. We will do this within 7 days of receipt of your email (although we will aim to refund within 24 hours).
If you want to cancel after the 14 day period, this is at our discretion.
Instructions for booking your place and payment:
You can either:
- Pay by credit card or pay pal using our Worldpay account and get immediate access, or
- Request an invoice and pay by BACS or cheque. Please click the link below which will take you to our application form.
>> To pay by Worldpay please >> click here
>> To request an invoice please >> click here
What happens next?
- If you pay by WorldPay, you should receive an email with your login details immediately (if you don’t check your spam folder, if you still can’t find it, email us) – you will then be able to log in and start using the course
- If you request an invoice, we will will send this to you once we have your completed form – you can then pay by BACS, cheque or by the pay pal link we will provide. Once you have made payment we will add you to the course and let you have your login details.
- The course will run for 14 weeks from when you are enrolled.
Easy Law for Landlords course is provided by Easy Law Training Ltd, a company limited in England & Wales no 08153069. Its registered office is at 148 Unthank Road, Norwich NR2 2RS. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 01603 763096. Our main website is at www.easylawtraining.com.