178 reasons the law causes buy-to-let landlords such stress

Could you keep up with all this landlord law?

In recent research from Upad.co.uk, changes to regulations and tax measures came out top of the list of the concerns of buy-to-let landlords in the UK. This doesn’t surprise us.

Over the last few years, there have been hundreds of changes to UK laws that affect buy-to-let landlords. Navigating these changes and avoiding massive fines or worse (such as having your investment property confiscated – a recommendation from MPs on which we recently reported) is a nightmare for most landlords.

The way that laws are enacted in the UK doesn’t help either, as we recently showed when we answered a landlord’s question asking how to repossess an abandoned buy-to-let property. New laws were passed through Parliament when MPs signed off the Housing and Planning Act 2016. However, the sections of the Act that deal with repossession of abandoned property have not yet been enacted. So, though the law has been passed, the landlord community is in limbo!

We have identified all the laws that may apply to buy-to-let landlords. The list follows. All 178 of them.

If you don’t have the time to read through this list, skip to the end of this article to find out how to streamline your efforts to keep up with landlord laws.

  1. Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001
  2. Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003
  3. Anti-Social Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004
  4. Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
  5. Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003
  6. Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2003
  7. Building Regulations Part P: Guidance Booklet
  8. Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982
  9. Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000
  10. Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002
  11. Consumer Protection Act 1987
  12. Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (SI no.2739)
  13. Control of Pollution Act 1974
  14. Council Tax (Additional Provisions for Discount Disregards) Order 1992
  15. Council Tax (Chargeable Dwellings) Order 1992
  16. Council Tax (Discount Disregards) Order 1992
  17. Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) Order 1992
  18. Council Tax (Liability for Owners) (Amendment) Regulations 1993
  19. Council Tax (Liability for Owners) Regulations 1992
  20. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
  21. Crime and Security Act 2010
  22. Criminal Law Act 1977
  23. Data Protection Act 1998
  24. Defective Premises Act 1972
  25. Deregulation Act 2015
  26. Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2015
  27. Disability Discrimination Act 2005
  28. Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 (SI no.3260)
  29. Employment Rights Act 1986
  30. Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations 2007
  31. Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2008
  32. Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
  33. Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
  34. Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
  35. Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
  36. Energy Act 2011
  37. Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013
  38. Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010
  39. Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
  40. Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2014
  41. Equality Act 2010
  42. Equality Act 2006
  43. Estate Agents Act 1979
  44. Finance Act 2003 (Part 4)
  45. Firearms Act 1968
  46. Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988
  47. Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997
  48. First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Fees Order 2013
  49. Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002
  50. Freedom of Information Act 2000
  51. Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
  52. Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993
  53. Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1989
  54. Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (SI no.1324)
  55. Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (SI No. 2451)
  56. Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  57. Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996
  58. Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990
  59. Heat Network (Metering and Billing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015
  60. Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014
  61. Home Information Pack (Suspension) Order 2010
  62. Houses in Multiple Occupation (Management) (England) Regulations 2009
  63. Houses in Multiple Occupation (Management) (Wales) Regulations 2009
  64. Housing (Interim Management Orders) (Prescribed Circumstances) Order 2006
  65. Housing (Scotland) Act 2014
  66. Housing (Scotland) Act 2010
  67. Housing (Scotland) Act 2006
  68. Housing (Scotland) Act 1988
  69. Housing Act 1985 Part 10
  70. Housing Act 1988
  71. Housing Act 1996
  72. Housing Act 2004
  73. Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No 5 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (England) Order 2006
  74. Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No 5 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Wales) Order 2006
  75. Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Wales) Order 2006
  76. Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007
  77. Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Miscellaneous and Consequential) Amendment Regulations 2007
  78. Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit)(Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing ) Amendment Regulations 2007
  79. Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2009
  80. Housing Health and Safety Rating System (England) Regulations 2005 (SI no.3208)
  81. Housing Health and Safety Rating System (Wales) Regulations 2006
  82. Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Prescribed Information) Order 2007
  83. Housing (Tenancy Deposit) (Specified Interest Rate) Order 2007
  84. Housing (Tenancy Deposit) Order 2007
  85. Income & Corporation Taxes Act 1988
  86. Income Tax (Trading and other Income) Act 2005
  87. Infrastructure Act 2015
  88. Inheritance Tax Act 1984
  89. Immigration Act 2014
  90. Immigration Act 2016
  91. Land Registration Act 2002
  92. Land Registration Rules 2003 (Si no.1417)
  93. Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012
  94. Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended)
  95. Landlord and Tenant Act 1987
  96. Landlord Registration Act 2002
  97. Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
  98. Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment)(England) Regulations 2012
  99. Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007
  100. Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2007
  101. Licensing and Management of Houses in Mutiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006
  102. Licensing and Management of Houses in Mutiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2006
  103. Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006
  104. Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (Wales) Order 2006
  105. Local Government Act 2003
  106. Local Government Finance Act 1992
  107. Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006
  108. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended)
  109. Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006
  110. Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006
  111. Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005
  112. Money Laundering Regulations 2003
  113. Money Laundering Regulations 2007
  114. Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010
  115. Occupiers Liability Act 1957
  116. Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994
  117. Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949
  118. Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008
  119. Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011
  120. Private Rented Housing Panel (Applications and Determinations) (Scotland) Regulations 2007
  121. Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016
  122. Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  123. Protection from Eviction Act 1977
  124. Public Health Act 1961
  125. Public Health Act 1936
  126. Race Relations Act 1976
  127. Redress Schemes for Lettings Agency Work and Property Management Work (Requirement to belong to a scheme etc) (England) Order 2014
  128. Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003
  129. Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Si no.1541)
  130. Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002
  131. Rent Act 1977
  132. Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999
  133. Rent (Scotland) Act 1984
  134. Rent Officer (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2007
  135. Rent Repayment Orders (Supplementary Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007
  136. Rent Repayment Orders (Supplementary Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2008
  137. Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (England) Regulations) 2011
  138. Residential Property Tribunal Procedure (England) Regulations 2006
  139. Residential Property Tribunal (Fees) (England) Regulations 2006
  140. Residential Property Tribunal Procedure (Wales) Regulations 2006
  141. Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (Wales) Regulations 2012
  142. Residential Property Tribunal (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2006
  143. Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977
  144. Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (England) Order 2006
  145. Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (Wales) Order 2006
  146. Selective Licensing of Houses (Additional Conditions) (Wales) Order 2006
  147. Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
  148. Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968
  149. Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  150. Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992
  151. Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011
  152. Terrorism Act 2000
  153. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015
  154. Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2010
  155. Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2010
  156. Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2002
  157. Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2006
  158. Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005
  159. Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987
  160. Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997
  161. Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  162. Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013
  163. Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1994
  164. Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999
  165. Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2001
  166. Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011
  167. Water Industry Act 1999
  168. Water Industry Act 1991
  169. Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011
  170. Water Industry (Undertakers Wholly or Mainly in Wales) (Information about Non-owner Occupiers) Regulations 2014
  171. Weeds Act 1959
  172. Welfare Reform Act 2007
  173. Welfare Reform Act 2007 (Commencement no 4 and Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007
  174. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  175. Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011
  176. Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007
  177. Work at Height Regulations 2005 (as amended)
  178. Work at Height Overhaul of guidance January 2014

That’s a lot of law that could apply to you as a buy-to-let landlord in the UK. And worse still, it doesn’t include regulations and by-laws applied by local authorities! And, even worse, these laws, and individual sections within them, can change at any time.

Can you keep up with all this landlord law?

Our comprehensive services to landlords include helping you keep up to date with new legislation. If you don’t have the time or legal knowledge to keep pace with the tide of new landlord laws, contact the Ezytrac team today on +44  01522  503 717. Discover a better way to profit from buy-to-let property investment.

Live with passion,

Brett Alegre-Wood

About the Author:

Brett Alegre-Wood
Brett has over 20 years experience in all facets of property, he owns various companies centred around property and is the driving force behind the education and training at Ezytrac. His companies have sold over £850 million in UK and London property and he manages over 1200 properties through his estate agency chain. Today he shares his time between UK, Australia and Singapore. He is married to Arlene and together they have 4 kids. Brett holds both the Level 3 Property Mark Qualifications for Property Sales and Property Lettings and Management.