Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I am Tessa Shepperson. I am a solicitor specialising in residential landlord and tenant law.
Originally from London, I now live in Norwich in Norfolk, England UK.
About the blog
I started the blog, in February 2006, mainly because I thought it would be fun to have somewhere to write and make comments on legal developments and news in my ‘niche’, residential landlord and tenant law and practice.
Over time, my blog has developed, and is now an important part of my online presence, the ‘magazine’ aspect as it were of my legal information service.
So for example I
- give tips on various aspects of being a landlord, such as choosing a letting agent or dealing with non paying tenants
- describe and comment on legal developments, such as new regulations
- answer readers problems in the popular ‘blog clinic’
- discuss reports and consultation papers issued by government and relevant organisations
- and so on.
There are also occasional guest blogs usually from other lawyers (note that we do not accept commercial ‘guest posting’ e.g. for money).
I allow myself to go ‘off topic’ from time to time (usually because I feel indignant about something), and have been known to write about (for example) the decline of the legal aid system, and court funding issues.
My business and Landlord Law
I have worked in property law for over 20 years. In 1994 I set up my own legal firm, TJ Shepperson, working as a sole practitioner, and initially having a a ‘mixed bag’ property litigation practice.
After buying a computer for the business, I developed an interest in the Internet, which resulted eventually in setting up my online service Landlord Law at www.landlordlaw.co.uk in November 2001. Since about 1999 I have concentrated almost exclusively on private residential landlord and tenant work.
Landlord Law is a subscription membership site where members can look up the answers to their legal problems, create tenancy agreements and notices, use the popular ‘do it yourself’ eviction kit, and ask me questions on the members’ discussion forum.
It is a huge site and has a massive amount of information both for landlords and tenants, plus we have many members who are letting agents, advisers, and quite a few lawyers.
In fact, by September 2013, Landlord Law had become so successful that I decided to close down my solicitors practice TJ Shepperson, and concentrate just on running the site (and a few other things).
At the same time, I reached an agreement with top housing solicitors Anthony Gold to take over the provision of legal services (such as eviction casework) for Landlord Law members, and the telephone advice service.
If you are interested in finding out more about Landlord Law, click >> here, or if you want information about membership >> go here. Since August 2017 Landlord Law has been owned by my company Landlord Law Services Ltd.
Your Law Store
Your Law Store is an e-commerce site and business which I run with my long term web designer Gill Bishop. Here we sell various ebooks and forms, aimed at landlords, tenants and also people renting a room to a lodger.
Our best selling product is the new lodger pack.
As well as writing and running Landlord Law and the blogs, I do talks and lecturing and write articles for other property web-sites and journals.
In August most of my businesses were transferred to Landlord Law Services Ltd although this blog remains in my personal ownership.
On a more personal note, I am married and live with my husband and son in the beautiful Cathedral city of Norwich in Norfolk, England in the United Kingdom.
Norwich is a historical medieval city, once the second city in England. It is now one of the top 10 shopping centres in the country, and has a university (UEA), and at least three theatres.
Most of my time is spent working on my website service and blog, and surfing the internet with my Macbook. When not working I enjoy reading, cooking, watching Strictly come Dancing, walking in the country and exploring new places with my family.
Newsletters and emails
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I also write a weekly bulletin, giving tips, news, and a few special offers. You can sign up for this here (and get a ebook). The bulletin goes out every Tuesday morning.
You can also keep up to date with what I am doing if you follow me on twitter.
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