Landlords - Why It Is Important To Understand Legal Responsibilities

The Eastern Daily Press and The Eastern Evening News have recently reported upon two high profile prosecutions of Landlords who have failed to comply with their legal duties and responsibilities.

In commencing proceedings Norwich City Council has been keen to highlight the legal burden placed upon Landlords. The cases illustrate that non-compliance can lead to serious consequences depending upon the type of duty which has been breached.

In the two most recent cases heard at Norwich Magistrates Court the council prosecuted Landlords who controlled houses in multiple occupation for numerous breaches principally relating to health and safety legislation.

Damien Moore a Partner within the regulatory crime and defence team at Fosters comments - "Magistrates Courts deal with an ever increasing number of such cases which have seen Landlords fined several thousands of pounds for breaches which could have been avoided with timely and cost effective legal advice. The law surrounding the subject is vast and consistently changing. Good professional advice is imperative if Landlords wish to avoid the perils of a prosecution".

At Fosters a complete legal service can be offered to Landlords regarding their responsibilities to ensure they are conversant with the law. For those who have the misfortune of a prosecution our experienced team of lawyers will ensure that quality representation is available at every stage of the proceedings whether this involves an interview under caution or an appearance before a court.

Fosters will be pleased to hear from any person or organisation requiring Landlord and Tenant advice or representation at Court:

For general Landlord and Tenant advice please contact our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team on 01603 620508. Our team of specialist landlord and tenant solicitors in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, are able to offer help and guidance upon the often onerous duties affecting residential landlords, before a property is let and before an innocent and potentially expensive mistake is made.

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For matters relating to Court prosecutions or investigations please contact our Business and Regulatory Crime Team on 01603 620508.

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