9:25 AM, 23rd May 2012, About 10 years ago 5
Don’t you get fed up sometimes by the amount of law we are expected to know?
Not to mention having to know laws relating to increasing rent, dealing with joint tenants, and the HMO regulations (which seem to be different in every Local Authority) – I sometimes feel I’m expected to be a lawyer rather than a landlord.
I recently learned that solicitor and Property118 Guest Columnist Tessa Shepperson was developing a law course for landlords. A Landlord Law Made Easy course! Well that’s what Tessa said, but can law ever be easy?
“Its complicated, I’ll grant you” said Tessa when I caught up with her the other day to have a chat about it, “but landlords aren’t stupid. They can understand legal points if they are explained clearly without a lot of lawyer waffle”.
But Tessa Shepperson IS a lawyer, so how’s she going to do that?
“I have been writing for quite a few years on the Landlord Law blog so that has helped!” she told me. “You have to use a certain amount of terminology when explaining the law but I have tried to reduce it to a minimum and write as clearly as I can.” Most who know Tessa will agree that she does have the knack of explaining things clearly.
She very kindly let me have a peek at some of the course content, and my verdict – it’s very good. Not only are the articles presented very clearly, there are interactive diagrams. Also, Tessa has managed to negotiate a deal with Destin case law digest to allow free access for students to their private sector tenancies section.
Tessa has also listened to customer requests.
“Several people have asked for mp3 audios so they can download them to listen in their cars” she said “so we are recording quite a few of the articles, and there will be other audio content.” There are also videos and interviews with other lawyers.
“Yes” she told me “We have David Smith of Anthony Gold talking about HMO legislation, Simon Parrott of Bedford firm Sharman Law discussing agency law, and John Murray of Emsleys is going to be talking about the role of the Residential Property Tribunal. Not to mention safety exert Paul Marsh who is going to help with the health and safety section, and Property 118 columnist Ben Reeve Lewis who is going to be talking about harassment and unlawful eviction. There may be a few others too.”
Most of the speakers have also promised to stick around in the forums and some will be taking one or more of the group tutorial Q&A classes.
“I am really excited about the course” Tessa told me “it all seems to be coming together really well, and I am thrilled that so many people have offered to help”. Tessa also had a substantial signup to her ‘early bird offer’ a few weeks back.
If you are interested, the course is now open for bookings again, but only up until 10.30 pm on 30 May. And after that? “It is a taught course” said Tessa, “and I will be taking everyone through the course together. So if you don’t book your place by the deadline you’ve lost your chance!”
You have been warned!
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