Historically, property investment has always been a relatively simple and stable investment. Anyone with a decent credit rating and enough funds to cover a deposit could purchase a property, rent it out using a rental agreement from WHSmith and enjoy the income produced and capital growth over the years. Very straightforward and very easy, most of the time.


However, as time has moved on so has the legislation involved in being a Landlord and with 2019 set to be the year with things really kicking up a gear we thought we would list out the current legislation for all our Landlords to read and ensure they abide by. Failure to adhere to the legislation could result in a hefty fine or even a criminal record.


At CWB Property our job is not just to find you a tenant and manage your rental property,  we take our role as your letting agent very seriously and ensure all our landlords are covered in every area of legislation. 


For those self managing their properties I have listed out over 120 of the current and expected laws and regulations you need abide by.



Legislation Expected in 2019


Mandatory Electrical Safety Testing

Private Landlord Registration Bill 2019


Current Legislation and safety compliance

Tenant fee Ban Bill June 1st 2019

Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards Bill 2018

Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Banning Order Offences) Regulations 2018

Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Database of Rogue Landlords and Property Agents) Regulations 2018

Housing and Planning Act 2016

Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements Regulations 2015

Selective Licensing of Houses (Additional Conditions) (England) Order 2015

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015

Deregulation Act 2015

Consumer Rights Act 2015

Immigration Act 2014

Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

Construction (Design and Management) Regulation 2012

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

Energy Performance of Building Regulations 2007 to 2012

Social Security (Notification of Change of Circumstances) Regulations 2011

Energy Act 2011

Equalities Act 2011

Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008

Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

The Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007

Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Prescribed Information) Order 2007

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

The Administration Charges (Summary of Rights Obligations) (England) Regulations 2007

Service Charges (Summary of Rights and Obligations and Transitional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007

Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements)(England) Regulations 2007

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007

Health Act 2006

Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006

Selective Licensing of Houses (Specific Exemptions) (England) Order 2006

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006

Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and other houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations 2006

Housing Health and Safety Rating System Regulations 2005

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

General Product Safety Regulations 2005

Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2005

Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

Housing Act 2004

The Electrical Safety Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002

Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002

Enterprise Act 2002

Private Water Supply Regulations 2001

Housing Benefit Regulations 2001

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000

Utilities Act 2000

Building Regulations 2000

Rent Act (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999

Unfair Contract Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999

Data Protection Act 1998

Gas Safety Regulations 1998

Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) Regulations 1997

Party Wall Etc Act 1996

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1996

Housing Act 1996

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995

Gas Appliance (Safety) Regulations 1995

Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995

Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

Plugs and sockets etc (Safety) Regulations 1994

Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1994

Leasehold Reform etc Act 1993

Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993

Clean Air Act 1993

Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992

Local Government Finance Act 1992

Council Tax (Chargeable Dwellings) Order 1992

Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) Order 1992

Council Tax (Liability of Owners) Regulations 1992

Social Security Administration Act 1992

Water Industry Act 1991

Environmental Protection Act 1990

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)

Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

Electricity Act 1989

Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989

Electricity at Work Regulation 1989

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1988

Furniture and furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

Landlord and Tenant Act 1988

Housing Act 1988

Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987

Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

Gas Act 1986

Insolvency Act 1996 and Insolvency Rules 1986

Business Names Act 1985

Housing Act 1985

Landlord and Tenant Act 1985

County Courts Act 1984

Building Act 1984

Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982

Rent Books (Form of Notices) Regulations 1982

Housing Act 1980

Limitation Act 1980

Housing Act 1980

Notices to Quit (Prescribed Information) Regulations 1980

The Regulated Tenancies (Procedure) Regulations 1980

Rent Regulation (Cancellation of Registration of Rent) Regulations 1980

Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977

Rent Act 1977

Protection from Eviction Act 1977

Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977

Criminal Law Act 1977

Control of Pollution Act 1974

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Defective Premises Act 1972

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Cost of Leases Act 1958

Rights of Entry (Gas and Electricity Boards) Act 1954

Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949

Leasehold Property (Repairs) Act 1938

Public Health Act 1936

Landlord and Tenant Act 1927

Law of Property Act 1925

Law of Distress (Amendment) Act 1908

Common Law Procedure Act 1852

Distress for Rent Act 1737

Landlord & Tenant Act 1730

General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679