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Tenants and Drugs: Know the Score!
There are serious legal implications for landlords/letting agents when tenants are found to be using or dealing drugs in their property. It is your responsibility to take appropriate action and the ultimate penalty is a custodial sentence for the landlord/property manager.
Would you know if your tenants were using or dealing substances from the premises?
Are you aware of your responsibilities under the Misuse of Drugs Act?
Do you know how to deal effectively with anti-social behaviour relating to drug or alcohol use on your premises?
As a landlord or letting agent your priorities will include ensuring that:
- properties are let
- payments are made
- properties are not damaged
- at the end of the rental period you are able to regain vacant possession of the property
Tenants with drug /alcohol problems may fall into arrears or damage may be caused to the property if it is raided by the police who suspect drug dealing is taking place.
In association with the RLA, the workshop is designed and delivered by a leading specialist in alcohol and drug misuse – Waypoint. Waypoint have supported hundreds of organisations and individuals to deal effectively with the challenges of substance misuse. The Waypoint trainer has over 10 years of experience in delivering training, including specialist training for the housing sector and has also worked in the substance use field as a practitioner themselves for many years. They are therefore uniquely placed to give you first-hand experience about the issues.
This half-day training course will give you the information you need and clarity about the steps you need to take to deal appropriately with substance misuse, with a particular focus on how to reduce problems and act within the law.
- Greater awareness of signs / symptoms of drug use and associated paraphernalia
- How to identify if drug use is occurring in a property
- Clarity about key pieces of legislation and your responsibilities
- How to act appropriately if you know or suspect that tenants or visitors to the property are producing, using or dealing drugs.
- How to reduce or avoid evictions due to tenants’ drug or alcohol use
Any landlord, letting agent or person concerned with the management of premises who wants to know more about the potential impact of substance misuse, how to minimise problems and ensure they are acting within the law.
Continuous Professional Development
Remember that Continuous Professional Development points (CPD) apply to RLA courses. You can also get CPD points for being a member of the Residential Landlords Association.
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Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
This course is worth 3 basic CPD points with the Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
RLAAS is a national scheme who aim to encourage, acknowledge and actively promote good standards and management practice by owners and to assist owners and tenants to undertake their respective responsibilities to each other.
RLAAS is open to all landlords who operate in the private sector, and accreditation is FREE. Members of RLAAS also receive a discount when enroling for a course operated by the Residential Landlord's Association.
To find out more, and what RLAAS means to landlords and tenants across the country, visit the RLAAS website.