Survey reveals a lack of legal knowledge among landlords in the UK

The vast majority of landlords in the UK are not following the correct legal processes on deposits and are not up to date on GDPR regulations, a new survey has found.

When it comes to tenants’ deposits, some 91% of landlords don’t comply with the right process and 90% are not compliant with the documents related to GDPR, according to the 2018 legal survey from online rental platform Urban.

It also found that 51% of landlords answered incorrectly when asked how often they need to apply for a Gas Safety Certificate for their rental property and only 32% knew the legal requirements for the number of smoke alarms required.

However, the majority of landlords, some 82%, are unfamiliar with the legal size of room allowed to be rented out to a single person which is 6.51 square meters.

But just 18% on landlords know they must give 24 hours’ notice before requesting to enter their rental property.

‘With more and more legislation coming into effect and those already in place being amended, it isn’t easy to stay in the loop,’ said Adam Male, director of lettings at Urban.

‘However, our survey looks to educate and inform UK landlords so they stay aware of the obligations they have to their tenants in order to protect both parties and make for a more harmonious letting sector overall,’ he added.