This is a blog clinic question from Helen who is a tenant:
I wonder if you could comment on whether the letting agent my landlord uses has complied with section 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 or not.
I am a tenant on an assured shorthold tenancy (now periodic) and I wrote asking the letting agent who manages the property (collects the rent etc.) for my landlord’s address as per section 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
They wrote in reply that my landlord’s address is on the tenancy agreement (which it is).
However given the tenancy has been running for six years that doesn’t necessarily give me my landlord’s current address. Rather naively, I thought the act meant they should supply the landlord’s current address by writing it out for me. That leaves me having to work out for myself if my landlord has moved or not in the last six years which defeats the point of my writing to ask for the address in the first place.
But if the landlords address is still the same, then they have already provided you with a written statement. People often do live in the same place for a long time. I would suggest you write to the agents again and ask them to confirm that the address in the tenancy agreement is still current.
However on looking at the statute it does not actually say that the address must be a current one. The wording is
shall supply the tenant with a written statement of the landlord’s name and address
The address they provide also does not necessarily have to be the landlords residential address. Here is what the definitions section says:
“address” means a person’s place of abode or place of business or, in the case of a company, its registered office
If YOU have a problem, why not put it to the blog clinic? However there are a lot of questions submitted, so if you need an answer quickly remember that members of my Landlord Law service can ask me questions in the members forum area, and will normally get an answer with 24 hours.