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Can anybody give me some advice on choosing a legal firm to help me draw up a contract for an assured shorthold tenancy? It's a 2 bedroom studio apartment in Manchester city centre. I have got all safety certificates and I will be putting the deposit in the DPS.I need somebody to help me drawer up inventory paperwork and the contract and also to provide a tenancy handbook. I believe there are high street firms that can offer this service at a reasonable rate. Can anybody recommend any?
You might be as well joining one of the Landlord associations as they provide templates for all the document you are need (RLA or NLA).
Just an anonymous opinion on the Internet.
You beat me to it. You don't need to be paying legal fees for basic stuff like that. Join the RLA or NLA and they have a library of documents you can download and use. Plus you will get a lot of other benefits from being a member.
Thanks for that. I believe they also do accreditation type courses which also cover all types of regs and certification requirements etc. which I was thinking of doing anyway. I'll take a look. Thanks for the advice.
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Hi Jon,Property Tribes are partnered with the Residential Landlords Association and our members enjoy 25% discount off joining.The RLA offer a wide range of training courses. They offer landlords lots of support, documentation etc. and the joining fee is tax deductible too! It's a no-brainer to join the RLA and mitigate business risk through their support.
I also recommend that you view this thread: Mitigating risk through using lettings agents
Vanessa Warwick Landlord and Co-Founder of PropertyTribes.com **If you have got value from Property Tribes, find out how you can support it in remaining a free to use community resource**
it's interesting that you mention the RLA because I've joined the national landlords association today.At a glance it looks as though they both offer similar services; advice, relevant forms etc.I'd be reluctant to join both because I wouldn't want to pay for both when they both offer similar services. What's your opinion on this?Are they significantly different, is one better than the other etc?
Well, obviously, I am biased because I am a member of the RLA and they are also PT's landlord association partner and we do a lot of collaboration with them.Having said that, I think its good to be a member of two LL associations - they have different flavours. Like being a member of English Heritage and the National Trust. With the PT discount, it would be well worth joining the RLA - then you can try both for one year, and when renewal comes up, only renew with the one that gave you the most value, if you only wish to be a member of one.