LLA Code of Conduct
The Rules contained in this Code of Practice form an integral part of the conditions of membership of the Leicester Landlords Association (L.L.A.). All applicants for membership of the L.L.A. will be sent a copy and, in applying, each applicant agrees to be bound by them.
The Code of Practice aims to achieve and promote the highest standards of conduct by members of the L.L.A. The Rules are also aimed at protecting the public against restrictive or unethical practices and provide a means of complaint against a member who fails to honour them. By incorporating these Rules in the L.L.A. it is our intention to promote good standards of accommodation and service, and to develop a useful and mutually respectful, co-operative relationship with tenants, local authorities, local and national government representatives, and other agencies.
While the L.L.A. will use its best endeavours to inform its members of current and future legislation, it must be understood that this cannot be all encompassing, and it will remain the responsibility of individual members to obtain independent legal advice and guidance on all matters.
All members shall adhere to the principles expected of Residential Landlords and will at all times abide by the laws which are relevant to landlords, and the Code of Practice of the L.L.A.
References provided by a member must be honest and accurate.
Members shall not use business methods involving dishonesty, deception or misrepresentation.
A member shall disclose to the Secretary of the L.L.A. any conflict of interest that may arise while he is a member. A member will at all times respect the confidentiality of his fellow members.
A member will not discriminate in his dealings with prospective and existing tenants on the grounds of their colour, creed, disability, sexuality or politics.
If Housing Benefit is paid directly to the member and there is genuine overpayment then it shall be promptly repaid to the Housing Benefit Department on receipt of a correctly paid invoice.
Members shall pay all bills promptly within the terms of payment.
Members shall endeavour to use the services provided by the L.L.A.
STANDARDS OF ACCOMMODATION
Members shall comply with all relevant legal and statutory regulations.
The accommodation shall be let in a clean and tidy condition, with all appliances working, and an inventory shall be completed at the beginning of each tenancy.
Particular attention shall be paid to gas and electrical regulations and regulations regarding fire safety and furniture.
For houses in multiple occupation, particular attention shall be paid to the common parts, the means and disposal of rubbish and also the safety and security of the property against unauthorised access.
Members shall comply with all relevant legal and statutory requirements. The landlord shall use his best endeavours to ensure that the heating, hot water, gas and electrical appliances operate properly and that arrangements for refuse collection and disposal are adequate.
The landlord or his agent shall periodically visit the property to inspect the interior and exterior decoration and ensure that repairs and maintenance are being properly carried out.
For houses in multiple occupation, particular attention shall be paid to the common parts being kept clean, safe and properly lit. The landlord or his agent shall visit the property on a frequent, regular basis.
All tenant’s rights as set out in the tenancy agreement shall be respected. Tenants shall be given a telephone contact number or procedure to be followed in the event of an emergency occurring. The landlord shall ensure that this procedure works efficiently in practice.
The landlord shall give adequate notice of entry if he wishes to inspect a property.
The tenancy agreement shall:
a) specify precisely what rates, taxes, services or similar charges are included in the rent.
b) include a receipt for deposit paid.
c) include an inventory with, if appropriate, a space listed against each item to indicate the condition of that item.
If the rent is payable weekly, the landlord will provide the tenant with a rent book. If the rent is payable other than weekly, a receipt shall be provided for all rent payments upon request.
If a member employs a managing agent then the member shall either:
a) at the commencement of the letting personally sign the inventory to confirm his acceptance of the agents description of the items listed in the inventory or
b) delegate to the agent in writing the responsibility for compiling the inventory and for deciding at the termination of the letting whether all or part of the deposit shall be returned to the tenant.
Members who hold deposits for tenants shall deal with refund of deposit in accordance with the rules of the L.L.A. In the event of the matter not being resolved satisfactorily, it shall be settled by arbitration or recourse to the County Court. In the event of such dispute, advice may be sought from the L.L.A., which will be given without legal liability on behalf of the L.L.A. or its officers.
The procedure which follows will be instigated when a formal complaint is received by the Secretary. A formal complaint must be in written form, signed by the person making the complaint, and it must include a contact address for further correspondence.
Having received a formal letter of complaint, the Secretary will appoint three officers of the L.L.A. to form a Complaints Hearing Committee (CHC), and will notify the landlord and tenant of the date of the Hearing of the Complaint.
The Complaints Hearing Committee will meet at an agreed time and venue within 28 days of the complaint being received. The Secretary will attend his meeting to record minutes and take instructions on any agreed action.
In the event of a dispute centring around the refund of a deposit, the landlord may be asked to pay the deposit into the L.L.A.’s account pending the outcome of the hearing.
At the hearing, either side may call witnesses or give a written statement to be read out at the hearing.
The Complaints Hearing Committee will decide by majority vote whether the complaint is upheld or the complaint is not upheld. For the complaint to be upheld it must relate to an issue related to the Code of Practice of the L.L.A. and be proved beyond reasonable doubt to have occurred as stated. The Chairman will notify each party of the hearing’s decision, either orally or in writing as appropriate.
Following a hearing of the Complaints Hearing Committee, the Committee will consider whether to instigate disciplinary procedures against the member. If the Committee decides, by majority vote, to discipline the member it will either:
a) issue a formal written warning stating that if a similar complaint regarding the members conduct is upheld at any future date, the member concerned will be immediately recommended for expulsion from the L.L.A. or
b) recommend to the Board that the member be expelled immediately from the L.L.A.
The constitution includes articles describing:
a) The objectives of the L.L.A.
b) The responsibility and discipline of members.
c) The appointment and duties of the Executive Committee.
d) The payment of subscriptions, and the recording of accounts.
e) The procedures relating to meetings.