This code of practice has been prepared to assist in promoting desirable practices in respect of management of residential properties. It is intended to apply to landlords who manage their own properties. Successful management can only be achieved through cooperation and a mutual understanding of the procedures necessary for the effective control of property as well as the problems that can arise. Although directed at landlords, the code is intended to be read by landlords, tenants, occupiers and managers.
The code applies only to properties in England and Wales but it deals with flats, houses and all other dwellings whether in towns or country, on estates or in groups or on their own. It covers all lengths of leases and all types of contractual tenancies, as well as statutory tenancies, where the rent payable is not a ground rent. The code does not apply where a social landlord is an agent managing for a private sector owner.
The code applies subject to any changes in legislation in the law subsequent to its publication.