We explore and advise on issues regarding illegal activity taking place at a rented property – with everything from drugs and cannabis farms, to the setting up of secret brothels and gambling dens.
Can a landlord evict a tenant for drug use?22-03-2022
Discovering that your tenants use illegal drugs can really leave you in a tricky situation - especially if they are otherwise upstanding tenants. In most cases, landlords will feel conflicted about what to do next. Do you turn a blind eye and pretend everything's peachy? Do you say something and potentially risk losing out on rent? You may think ‘well, it’s not my problem’. But it is! Every landlord has a duty of care to themselves, their tenants and the local community. Whilst we understand that it may be tempting to hope for the best and leave tenants to work things out for themselves, failing to act could result in serious legal implications for you.
Illegally parked cars on a private property29-09-2021
While legislation is clear for cars parked on public land, the same cannot be said for parking on private property. Whether you’re a landlord, homeowner or business owner, someone parked on your property without consent is a nuisance. Here's what you can do!
Illegal Gambling Dens30-09-2020
In the UK, up to 340,000 people have a gambling problem. 2020 has been a strange year so far and has been difficult for a lot of industries, however, the gambling sector and in particular, the online poker sector has seen somewhat of a boom.
Is Subletting Illegal?12-02-2020
The increase in rent prices and a shortage of affordable housing is leaving many people no choice but to find themselves involved in the business of subletting. Subletting however, makes a victim out of both a landlord and a subtenant.
Brothels in Rented Property9-09-2019
The underworld of brothels is one that many people in the UK are blissfully unaware of - but that’s the problem. They’re operating all around us behind closed doors; from built-up urban areas, to some of the countryside’s most unlikely rural corners.
Drugs in Rental Properties25-04-2019
Finding out that a property is being used to make, sell or use drugs is possibly every landlord’s worst nightmare. Not only may you be dealing with a criminal tenant, but you could be faced with significant damages and very unhappy neighbours.
Top 5 Illegal Activities in Rental Properties Infographic31-07-2018
Cannabis is the United Kingdom's most widely used illegal drug, with a market value of around £1 billion.
Illegal Activity Jargon Buster17-07-2018
The world of crime and law can be a daunting one - even more so if you don't know the lingo. Our illegal activity jargon buster provides you with a break down and a definition of all the words and phrases that are commonly used throughout this section of our advice centre and might be confusing you.
Illegal Activity in Rented Property17-07-2018
As a landlord handing over the keys to your property, you instill a lot of trust and faith in your tenant to look after it and treat it as a home should be treated. The truth of the matter is that you don’t always know what is happening behind closed doors and your new tenant could have an ulterior motive when signing your tenancy agreement...
Dealing With a Cannabis Farm12-04-2018
Recent statistics suggest that cannabis is Britain’s most widely used illegal drug, with the entire cannabis market said to be worth £1 billion. As concerning as these figures are, you may also be wondering what the connection is between the demand for cannabis and your life as a landlord.
Landlord insurance can protect landlords in the event of fire, theft, loss of rent and more. Whether you’re considering cover or have just taken out a policy, we’ll guide you through the topic of landlord insurance.
Property Maintenance & Interiors
Every landlord wants their rental property to stay in top condition, and tenants may want to decorate their new home. Read our advice about garden and property maintenance, and interiors here.
It’s important to approach legal issues carefully to honour your tenants’ rights, so pay attention to the details. We’ll give advice on the most common legal issues landlords face.
It’s a landlord's responsibility to ensure that a rental property is compliant with all safety regulations - from gas certificates to fire safety measures. Here, we talk about every safety regulation you should be aware of.
There is often confusion around the topic of utilities. Even with the tenants’ names on the bill, landlords can still be responsible in some cases. We’ll guide you through the topic of utilities here.
Dealing with tenant and neighbourly disputes in the correct way is so important. Here, we identify the common issues that may arise, such as boundary issues and noise complaints, and the best way in which to resolve them.
Once you hand over the keys to your tenant, you can’t just turn up and visit your buy-to-let property as and when you like. Here you’ll find advice on the correct protocols to follow when carrying out inspections and guidance on what might constitute too much contact between you and your tenant.
Most landlords will experience an issue of some degree with damages to their property at some point. We advise on how to handle deliberate and non-deliberate damage to the property or its contents.
It’s so important for landlords to know their stuff when it comes to money and finances. Here you’ll find advice on everything from rental arrears, deposits and many other important financial issues.
We explore all of the other issues and situations that may arise for landlords, so that you can feel confident and in-the-know.
Should you relax your ‘no pets’ policy, or is an animal-friendly rental a recipe for disaster? We explore the pro’s and con’s of housing tenants furry friends and how to deal with unauthorised pets, complaints and damages.
Squatters and unregistered tenants and guests are more common than you might think, so it’s vital you’re aware of the rules and regulations and how to deal with these issues correctly. We explore the in’s and out’s of squatters rights and secret subletters so that you don’t get caught out.
It’s no secret that the screening process is so important to get right, as it’s the foundations to ensuring an easy and simple tenancy. Here, we offer advice regarding applications, credit and background checks – and everything else you may need to know before selecting your future tenants.
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