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Welcome to the Landlord Manual third edition. This manual has been developed to assist Private Sector landlords and agents with the basic information needed to manage rented accommodation.

The Manual has been produced by the West of England Housing Group; which consists of the four local authorities in the region;

• Bath & North  East Somerset Council
• Bristol City Council
• North Somerset Council
• South Gloucestershire Council

We are committed to providing private landlords and agents with quality information to help them to operate successful businesses now and into the future. As a result of this we have released this issue of the Landlord manual to coincide with the Landlord Expo event in April 2014.
Development of the manual was originally undertaken by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), Local Authority Coordinators of Regulatory services (Lacors) and the Accreditation Network UK (ANUK).

The growth of the private rented sector over the last few years is likely to continue into the future and it is essential for the success of the region that the quality, standards and training of those
working in the sector is maintained.

For these reasons the West of England Housing Group will continue to work in partnership with private sector landlords and agents.

>> Liability & Disclaimer:

While reasonable care has been taken in the preparation of this manual to ensure that the information contained within it is accurate,  the manual is provided ‘As is’
and without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible by UK law the WoE Authorities  disclaim all warranties expressed or implied, including, but not limited to implied warranties of reasonable care, satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement of title.

The Manual contains guidance and notes on certain aspects of law as they might affect the average person. They are intended  as general information only and do not constitute legal or other professional advice. It should not be relied on as the basis for any decision or legal action.
The WoE authorities take every reasonable care to ensure the reliability and accuracy of information contained
in this manual, but cannot accept liability for any loss suffered due to the contents of it. The law is constantly changing so expert advice should always be sought.

The sponsorship advertisements throughout  the manual and on the rear cover, or any reference to a commercial or other organisation within the manual should not be taken as an endorsement of any company or product. Advertisements are placed in the manual by sponsors
in order that the WoE authorities can cover the costs of producing the document and therefore supply it at no cost to the end user.

>> West of England Landlord Manual Coordination:

This Private Rented Sector Team
P O Box 595 (AC) Bristol
BS99 2AW

Telephone: 0117 352 1853
Fax: 0117  352 5022

If you have any questions relating to the manual, please contact the Landlord Manual Coordination Team to discuss your needs.

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