In one of the four webinars inclusive in 2014 Property Section membership, Marveen Smith provides an overview of recent regulatory changes to and trends in the buy to let market

It is no secret that many people are using buy to let property as an alternative to pensions. With many individuals being unable to buy their own properties the rental market is growing too. Buy to let (BTL) is a distinct market with its own characteristics and with a different regulatory regime to owner occupied properties. As this area of the market has grown, the government has increased its scrutiny of this area, to ensure that tenants are not disadvantaged.

Marveen Smith

Speaker: Marveen Smith

This informative one hour webinar will provide an overview of recent regulatory changes including:

  • Assured Shorthold Tenancy- minimum requirements;
  • Lenders, freeholders and insurance requirements;
  • Deposits – what is required of a Landlord;
  • Consumer protection regulations – the pitfalls;
  • Transparency of charges – what do you need to know as an agent;
  • The tenants charter – what should your tenancy agreement cover?
  • The Tenancy Agreement – basic clauses;
  • Giving notice – complying with statute and case law.

The audio webinar took place at 13:00 on 12th February 2014. You can now view a recorded version.


Marveen Smith is a founder of PainSmith Solicitors, a specialist landlord and tenant law firm. As well as having a background in accountancy and tax and working in legal practice daily, Marveen makes regular appearances on Money Box for Radio 4 and Watchdog where she tries to balance the one sided view of letting agents that can be presented by the media, as well as disseminating information to enable landlords to act in a more professional capacity.

Marveen is also well known amongst members of ARLA and the NAEA as she makes frequent presentations at regional meetings and landlord seminars.