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How do I find my landlords address when renting from a letting agent

When you rent a property directly from a letting agent they can be sometimes reluctant to give you details about your landlord. There are a couple of reasons for this. The landlord pays the agent to handle their property so they don’t have to get involved with the day to day management. The other reason is that sometimes the landlord wishes to remain as anonymous as possible for whatever the reason. One of the reasons in my experience is that the landlord lives locally to their rental property, maybe even next door and don’t want the tenant to know this.

The name of your landlord has to be on the tenancy agreement in order for it to be legal. However, the landlord does not have to have his address on the tenancy agreement. Let’s say that you’re having problems with the letting agent as you feel that they are not looking after you and you want to contact the landlord directly. The letting agent refuses you the landlords contact details and their address.

How do I find my landlords address when renting from a letting agent

There are two laws which are there to protect tenants against this type of problem to make sure that tenants have the right to contact your landlord: Section 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenants Act 1985.

Section1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985

In this section it states that if the tenant makes a written request for the identity of their landlord from the person who asks for the rent or from the last person that asked for the rent, then this person must provide the landlords name and address within 21 days of receiving this request for the landlords address and other details. It is a criminal offence if the person refuses to do this.

Section 48 of the Landlord and Tenants Act 1985

In this section it dictates that the landlord must give a tenant written notice of an address in England and Wales at which notices, including court proceedings, can be served to the landlord. This is known as a Section 48 notice.

The landlord must provide a physical address within the United Kingdom

It is important to note that the address given by the landlord does not need to by the landlord home address; it might be a business address or any other address in the United Kingdom (UK). The landlord is not allowed to give a PO Box number as their address; it must be a physical UK address.



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