If you self-manage your buy to lets, then it's vital you have a way of staying up to date with impending and proposed changes. You can do that by joining an organisation such as the Residential Landlords Association or National Landlords Association which both give their members regular updates and have a helpline for any queries. To make sure you're always compliant with any licensing requirements or other regulations imposed at a local authority level, it's also advisable to join a local landlords' association or group, which may even be run by the local authority.
It's also important for landlords to note that, as legal changes take effect in England, the government's 'How to Rent' guide is updated accordingly and this is not necessarily publicised. To make sure you are always issuing your tenants with the current version, download it from the government website on the day you give it to them.
Kate Faulkner is one of the leading, independent property experts in the UK and regularly features in major newspapers; on BBC, ITV and regularly co-hosts the Property Show on LBC.
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