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Subscribe to the Guild of Residential Landlords and get all the help and advice you need, all available from our subscriber page.

You can ask any question anytime on-line (although we might not answer if it’s 3am, we do sleep you know!)

We have guidance on:

  • Granting an assured shorthold tenancy
  • Tenancy deposit schemes
  • Protecting and un-protecing a deposit
  • Serving possession notices (including section 21 and section 8 notices)
  • Houses in multiple occupation
  • Much much more

Landlords and agents can download over 100 forms and templates

Download from a choice of over 100 forms, letters and templates onto your computer or mobile device. There are no limits to the number of times you can download and all are included free with your subscription.

Forms include tenancy agreements, all types of possession notice, rent arrears letters, inspection letters and much more.

Our forms are either PDF with dedicated form fields for quick completion or rich text format for easy editing with any word processor.*

* Separate software or apps maybe required to fill in the forms and save them.

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Telephone help-line

Call our local rate telephone help-line for help and advice anytime (during normal office hours). There is no clock on our help-line so you have unlimited use included in your subscription.

0845 370 0107 or,

01423 873399 (if using mobile inclusive minutes)

We’ll keep you up to date

Landlord and tenant advice is constantly changing. There’s always some new law in the making or some court case changing the way landlords work.

As an example of how rapidly we adapt, our current assured shorthold tenancy agreements will not require prescribed information to be given again when the tenancy turns periodic even if the speculation in relation to the recent Court of Appeal ruling Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues [2013] EWCA Civ 669 is found to be true.

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Latest articles

Judge Warns Landlords To Beware Of Sub-Letting Scams

A judge has warned sub-letting scams by crooks impersonating their landlords to trick unwary tenants out of deposits and rents are​ on the increase. Jailing Heidi Korn for eight months after she was found guilty of fraud at Inner London Crown Court, Judge William Wood... read more

Hugely Rising Service Charge Found To Be Lawful

Signing an agreement for service charges and ground rent that increases by a fixed amount each year was a gamble for tenants of chalets at a holiday park that has left them with huge bills, according to judges at the Supreme Court. Tenants at Oxwich Leisure Park on... read more

Overhaul Of Our Top 5 Download Tenancy Agreements

We have today completed a fairly major overhaul of all our tenancy agreements namely: F001 – no deposit assured shorthold tenancy F002 – Deposit Protection Service assured shorthold tenancy F003 – MyDeposits assured shorthold tenancy F004 –... read more
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If you just want to keep up to date with articles on the website alone, the most efficient way is via our RSS feed using your favourite reader. This way you will always be instantly up to date.

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  • Forms and templates – keep up to date with all our forms and letters which are regularly updated

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Much of our website is only available to subscribers and you can securely access all this information instantly when you signup on-line.

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Pricing options

Subscribing to the guild is both affordable and great value!

Landlords / small agents

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£9/month
  • Pay monthly
  • Posted welcome pack
  • Landlords or agents 2 or less staff
  • Unlimited telephone help-line
  • Unlimited forms
  • Unlimited website questions
  • Discounted deposit protection
  • Discounted buildings insurance
  • Upgrade to annual anytime
  • Full access to all secured pages, services and discounts
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Larger agents

Annual
£120/year
  • Pay annually
  • Posted welcome pack
  • Agents 3 or more staff
  • Unlimited telephone help-line
  • Unlimited forms
  • White label forms
  • Unlimited website questions
  • Discounted deposit protection
  • Discounted buildings insurance
  • Upgrade from monthly anytime
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About us

The Guild of Residential Landlords is one of the landlords associations that operate nationally.

Some 25 – 30 years ago, the association was run only in the south west, including, Plymouth, Weston Super Mare, Bristol and Cardiff. Because of this, membership is still considerable in these areas.

In 2000, the name was changed and the company taken to a limited company called The Guild of Residential Landlords.

In 2005, we purchased the Guild after the original chairman retired. Our main aim when purchasing the company was to continue the personal service and advice that was previously provided and to expand the Guild much more on-line. I think we have achieved this goal although as technology moves on, it seems never ending to keep updated.

We are also private landlords in our own right, managing a reasonably sized portfolio.

Our main subscriber base is what we would term the professional landlord, although we equally cater for landlords with just one property.

We have assisted many subscribers with cases including residential property tribunal cases. Just one example of an important case would be Doncaster v Coventry City Council, First Tier Tribunal 032/09/00932, 5 October 2009.

In the words of one of our subscribers who is a member of the Guild and also a member of one of the other nationals: “We use (the other association) for the news and you (the Guild) for legal advice.” I think this one line sums us up perfectly.

With all the information available on-line nowadays, it might be asked why should someone pay to be a member of any landlords association? In reply, many subscribers who join us have had serious problems after being misinformed on public forums or using some of the many available free documents. Our view is that there are two ways of making money to pay the bills. Firstly, you can offer the service for free. However, this involves massive amounts of time obtaining sponsors to advertise through the company perhaps on the website. It also means, any services that are outsourced (for example buildings insurance) are not normally as cheap because anybody offering free information needs to add money to these services.

We prefer the second option which is to charge for the service but spend all our time assisting members with their problems and providing advice to the best of our ability and keeping the website / forms updated.

We will never offer a service that we would not personally use on our own properties.

We truly hope you will consider subscribing to the Guild.

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More features available to landlords and agents

Possession notices

All possession notices are included free in your subscription. Download section 21 and section 8 notices or notice to quit and surrender of tenancy templates.

Court forms

Sample court forms including Accelerated Possession, Claim Form for Possession, Particulars of Claim and Bailiff forms.

Accreditation

Guild members can become accredited via the on-line development course with the Private Rented Sector Accreditation Scheme (PRSAS) For £10.00. Once accredited, Guild annual landlord membership is reduced to £70.00 instead of £80.00 so you save £10.00 each renewal. Accreditation lasts 3 years. We’re also fully London Rental Standard licensed.

Buildings insurance

Guild members are entitled to feature packed discounted buildings insurance rates.

Finding answers

All our articles are split into categories such as: tenancy deposit, possession, gas safety, new legislation etc. Drill down until you find the answer you need. If you can’t find what your looking for, simply get in touch and we will help.

Ask a question

We have a dedicated (and very popular) ask a question part of the website where members can ask any question relating to landlord and tenant. We promise to always answer and the main advantage is that this builds an excellent q & a section for the benefit of all members.

Personal service

We provide a personal service from start to finish. A human will always answer the telephone and if we’re not available right at that moment, we will always ring you back. That’s a promise!

Training

The Guild works with Training for Professionals to provide training solutions for private landlords, letting agents and local authorities. Most training goes towards CPD (continuous professional development) points.

Dedicated subscribers page

The answer to around 90 percent of enquiries can be found from our single subscribers page.

Credit checks for landlords and agents on prospective tenants and guarantors

Credit checks

Guild subscribers can carry out prospective tenants and guarantors credit checks which include county court judgment and bankruptcy checks from £5.95 + VAT. Company credit checks also available.

The information in the report is gained from:

  • The Electoral Roll
  • County Court Judgments (England and Wales)
  • Scottish Decrees (Scotland)
  • Credit Information shared among the UK’s major financial institutions and retailers
  • Council of Mortgage Lenders records on repossessions
  • CIFAS (The UK’s Fraud Prevention Service) provides information about applications for credit suspected to be fraudulent.
  • GAIN (Gone Away Information Network) shares information on customers with outstanding debts who have moved home without providing a forwarding address.

Rent guarantee protection insurance for landlords

Guild subscribers obtain preferential deals for rent guarantee insurance. There are currently three products available:

  • premium rent guarantee
  • deposit replacement
  • six months rent paid in advance
Rent guarantee protection insurance for landlords and agent

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Testimonials

I just wish to say thank you – just attended court and thanks to your advice (once again) I won and was completely prepared.

Sue

Landlord, Exmouth

Many thanks for your help in this matter, the hearing for a stay of enforcement still went ahead and it sailed through in our favour without the landlord hardly having to say a word. The tenant as usual dug a big hole for themselves as soon as they started speaking and peed the judge off.

Couldn’t have done it without your help. An excellent service as usual and so much better than **** who we use to belong to a few years ago.

David

Letting agent, West Sussex

Thanks so much Adrian, you really are the 5th emergency service!!

Lindsay

Landlord, Wales

Get in touch!

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0845 370 0107 (local rate) or

01423 873399 (if using inclusive minutes)

Email

info[at]landlordsguild.com

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Guild of Residential Landlords

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