Free Expert Legal Advice
Whether you want to set up a tenancy agreement or you want to evict your tenants, the BLA helpline can assist you with expert legal advice for landlords.
Advice for Private Landlords
One of the great benefits of being a member of the British Landlords Association is access to free legal advice 7 days a week. It used to be a Monday to Friday landlord helpline, however, since COVID-19 our landlord helpline is open to BLA members seven days a week.
Free helpline for commercial landlords
Our helpline also has lawyers who deal specifically with commercial property. The usual question commercial landlords ring the helpline are:
- The Government has passed legislation under the coronavirus act 2020, preventing landlords from exercising rights to forfeit leases of business premises where a tenant fails to pay the rent. This has been extended to end of August now.
Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR)
- This is the process where a landlord sends a bailiff to seize goods on the tenant’s property to pay the unpaid rent. Commercial landlords need to serve notice that beforehand. Due to the coronavirus act 2020, there may be practical issues for a bailiff attending or entering premises given the social distances guidelines. For CRAR that was instigated after 24 April 2020, the minimum arrears necessary to exercise CRAR is 90 days rent.
- The Government has now issued the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill. The Bill will do the following:
- A new moratorium which gives companies breathing space from their creditors while they seek a rescue
- It prohibits termination clauses that engage on entering an insolvency procedure, entering the new moratorium, or beginning the new restructuring plan procedure. It will also prevent suppliers from ceasing their supply or asking for additional payments while a company is going through a rescue plan.
- It introduces a new restructuring plan for companies in financial distress which include new cross-class cram down procedures that allow a class of creditors to be bound by the restructuring plan even if they do not agree to the plan.
- enable the insolvency regime to flex to meet the demands of the crisis
- It temporarily removes the threat of personal liability for wrongful trading from directors who try to keep their companies afloat through the Covid-19 emergency period.
- It temporarily prohibits creditors from filing statutory demands and winding-up petitions for COVID-19 related debts.
- It temporarily gives companies and other bodies greater flexibility to hold Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and other meetings in a safe and practicable manner in response to the pandemic
- It temporarily eases burdens on businesses by extending filing deadlines at Companies House.
- It also allows for some of the temporary measures to be retrospective, giving immediate support to businesses during COVID-19
Landlord Helpline on eviction
Our landlord helpline can advise and guide you through the process of eviction. As a member of the British landlord’s association, you have access to a team of experts in commercial and residential evictions.
Landlord Helpline on rent arrears
Landlords have several options when dealing with rent arrears. Tenant eviction should only be the last resort. If possible, it is best to try to resolve things with your current tenant. Under our services tab, we have all the templates required at each stage of the rent arrears process. These templates are specifically designed to help landlords deal with rent arrears. Under the Notices tab, you have access to all relevant notices like section 8 or section 21.
Help with Section 21 or Section 8?
Section 8 & 21 notices are partly completed to help you with the process. However, we strongly advise you to obtain legal advice before issuing any notices.
Can the landlord helpline, help with HMO issues?
Yes, we have a section under services under downloads where you have access to downloadable documents. Should you require help with any other HMO matter ring our landlord helpline.
Can you help to evict my tenants and regain possession?
Yes, our landlord helpline can advise you through the procedure to the end of the eviction procedure, so you regain possession of your property. You can use the BLA lawyers and as a member, the fees are discounted for members.
My tenants have stopped paying rent – how can I get them to pay the arrears?
Speak the BLA landlord helpline who will be able to help you. Under the services tab, under templates, all the templates are available for your use. All these documents are free for BLA members.
Help with lodger problems
Yes, we can, you can download various lodger licence agreements, or room let agreements. You can speak to our landlord helpline for any specific questions you may have or documents that you require.Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) Click To Tweet
British Landlords Association
Author: Sharon Sidwell
Date: 8th of June 2020
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