How can we help you?
RVS Solicitors are pioneering a new generation of law firm; providing a modern, vibrant, digitally-based service, tailored to you and your specific residential property legal needs.
Our solicitors are specialists in residential property law matters. We represent residential landlords and estate agents in London and across the UK, some with a small volume of relatively modest rental properties, and many with an extensive and high-value portfolio.
We offer a full range of services to residential landlords and property managers including:
- Drafting of tenancy agreements including assured shorthold tenancy agreements
- Pre-letting agreements
- Lease renewals
- Management of rent deposits
In the event of residential disputes, we can assist with:
- Recovery of rent arrears
- Recovery of ground rents and service charges (common with apartment and flats)
- Drafting and serving of statutory notices to tenants
- Representation in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)
- Resolution of disputes with tenants – e.g. maintenance and repair disputes
- Property forfeiture
Regardless of the scale of your property portfolio, by engaging RVS Solicitors to handle your landlord matters, you can focus on the operation of your business, relaxed in the knowledge that we have you covered from a legal standpoint.
What sets us apart is our approach. Because our service is predominantly digital, we minimise paperwork, preferring to use technology to streamline how we work and communicate with our clients. We put our clients at the centre of what we do; we are available, we value your time, and we take care to understand your unique circumstances.
In the event of a dispute with a tenant, in the first instance, we are strong advocates of and highly skilled in mediation. We employ this method to find a way forward in a manner that represents your best interests, preserves your ongoing relationship and prevents the need for formal litigation if possible.
What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement?
An Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST) is the default tenancy agreement type in the private rental sector.
If as a landlord, you let a property using an AST, you are legally guaranteed the right to regain possession at the end of the term of the contract, on the basis that:
- you give two months’ notice that possession is required
- possession will only be awarded after six months
- where notice is given in respect of an AST that is a periodic tenancy (and has never been a fixed term tenancy), the landlord’s notice must expire at the end of the tenancy
Under the AST scheme, the tenant’s deposit is protected by a government-backed tenancy deposit protection (TDP) scheme. And you cannot increase the rent during the fixed term of the agreement.
AST’s cannot be used for holiday or student lets, if the landlord is a local council, the tenancy is for business purposes, or if you live in the property.
RVS Solicitors can draft an AST that faithfully meets your needs and offers the protection you need now and in the future. We will take the time to understand your requirements and aims for your business and reflect this within the terms of your AST.
We will also ensure that you meet the procedural requirements of the AST including:
- Smoke alarms – one per floor is a minimum and one per room with a solid fuel burning appliance. These must be tested at the start of every new tenancy.
- Carbon monoxide detectors – must be installed in any room that is used partly or wholly as living accommodation and contains an appliance which can burn solid fuel.
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and gas safety certificates must be provided
What are the other types of tenancy agreement?
There are several other tenancy agreement types, depending on the circumstances of the rental, these include:
- Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement – Room Only – often use for shared houses’ and bedsits
- Excluded Tenancy Agreement (Lodgers Agreement) – used when sharing accommodation with a landlord
- Non-Assured Tenancy Agreement – used if the rent is not more than £250 per annum, the tenant has a main residence elsewhere, or where you are resident as a landlord but don’t share the living accommodation with the tenant (i.e. toilet, bathroom, kitchen, or living room)
What does the Rent Act 1977 cover?
The Rent Act 1977 is one of the two large statutory codes which regulate private tenancies, the other being the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. The Rent Act regulates most tenancies which started before 15th January 1989. These tenancies are known as protected tenancies.
Our team have the legal knowledge and commercial acumen to assist both landlords and property managers to understand the provisions of the Rent Act 1977.
Let our team partner with you, helping you grow your buy-to-let portfolio and managing your tenancies in a manner that is stress-free and will provide a profitable return in the future.