- In late November 2001, I launched the first Landlord Law website. Landlord Law 1.
- On 14 December 2010, I launched the second Landlord Law site. Landlord Law 2.
- Today we launched the third iteration of Landlord Law. Landlord Law 3.
So why are we doing this
I have known for a few years that something needed to be done. The software that runs Landlord Law 2 (Drupal) is now out of date. However, investigations revealed that it would be very expensive to update it. It would be cheaper (much cheaper actually) to create a new website in WordPress.
So that is what we have done. Over the past six months or so, Gill Bishop (my long-term web designer who has created all three Landlord Laws) and I have been working on the new site.
I am very pleased with it.
Because we are keeping Landlord Law 2 going while we transfer all the members over, the site is on a new domain – LandlordLawServices.co.uk but this is appropriate as we will be using it for the other services run by the company – the training services and the conference.
About the new site
- Its got a new look, new colours and a new logo.
- It is, of course, mobile friendly, indeed some of the content, I think, actually looks better on mobile.
- The existing content has been moved over and updated, and
- We have some new content
What new content?
We have some new articles and FAQ. For example a new article on getting the best results from your telephone advice (there is a free version here) and some new FAQ on disability issues.
There is a new content type ‘Real Life Stories’ which at the moment mostly features my stories illustrating issues in evicting tenants, but which I hope will feature members stories too.
We are creating a ‘Local Authority Directory’ which will have information and links to help landlords when applying for HMO licenses.
And we have a new, ‘News Blog‘ which will keep everyone up to date with what is happening on the site and will also feature ‘critical news updates’. But it won’t take the place of this blog – as this is where you will get the comment, analysis, and Ben.
Most of my time has been spent copying over the very considerable content on Landlord Law 2 and updating it. That is more or less done now (still a few bits to move but nothing critical).
The new content will come later when I can catch my breath and start developing new things!
The new membership types
There are two membership levels:
- Basic level – £25 pm or £250 pa
- Business level – £350 pa (we will be adding a monthly version shortly)
Basic level members get access to everything but the Eviction Guide, the videos and some new content I am planning but have not had time to add yet
Business level members get access to everything
During December we are running a special promotion where you can join at Business Level for the same price as Basic – ie £250. This is a good deal as it is a permanent price reduction for you – if you sign up for it.
We are also looking to develop a group membership for people working in the same office. However, we need to get some coding work done to make it work the way we want – so Teams will be coming a bit later, probably in the new year.
The FREE Content
Some of the Landlord Law content will be available for everyone.
The News Blog – this is all open access and everyone, for example, will be able to read the critical news updates.
The Top Tips – these are updated and improved versions of our Landlord Law 2 free tips.
Three of our Trails – ‘trails’ are a special content type which leads you by question and answer to the correct solution. The three free trails are:
- The Tenancy Trail – which will help you work out which tenancy type you have
- The Which Tenancy Agreement Trail – which will help you work out the correct tenancy agreement for your situation, and
- The Which Possession Proceedings Trail – which will help landlords work out if they can evict their tenants and if so which is the most appropriate procedure.
The Weekly Bulletin
We also have a new Weekly Bulletin which will replace our former monthly newsletter and the Tuesday updater.
It will let you know about any new items in the News Blog, keep you up to date with critical and other legal news, and also feature some of our site content – often opening it up so you can see members-only content for the week.
You can sign up to get it here (and get a free ebook).
I hope you will go and take a look at the site and view our free content.