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Landlord & Tenant

For landlord and tenant disputes, we offer guidance to private and commercial parties on the rights and obligations under the terms of tenancy and lease agreements.

 We advise on the latest laws including Section 8 and 21 Notices, when they can be applied to comply with legal requirements and protect landlords and tenants' interests. 

Apartment for Rent

We act for clients on a wide range of Landlord and Tenant disputes for 

  • Commercial

  • Private

  • Local Authority

  • Social Housing

We can assist with the following:

  • Advising you on your legal position and options including Discrimination

  • Drafting documents

  • Tenancy Agreements and termination (including forfeiture and possession)

  • Managing the collection of outstanding rent arrears

  • Providing advice, instigation, conduct and representation in Possession proceedings 

  • Enforcing Possession Orders to recover possession of the property 

  • Challenging Service charges

  • Landlord and Tenant responsibilities and obligations to each other

  • Disputes over how property is managed

  • Leasehold Reform

  • Tenant's claims for Housing Disrepair 

  • Lease Dilapidations claims

OUR FEES

Fees (subject to VAT)

Case & Document Review 

£225.00

Drafting Claim and issuing possession proceedings County Court - Section 21 Notice

£225.00

Drafting Claim and issuing possession proceedings in County Court - Section 8 Notice

£325.00

Preparation Review Hearing (including document bundle) & Representation 

£425.00

Court Fee to Issue Proceedings (subject to change)

£355 - £480

Advocacy fee in addition if required for final hearing

£400 - £950

Warrant of Possession (drafting plus Court fee (£130-subject to change)

£225.00

Transferring up proceedings to High Court for writ of possession and control

(Optional for Judgments over £600, must be used for judgment over £25000)

Writ of Possession(includes High Court Enforcement agency instruction)

Court fee (subject to change) here

£350.00

£71.00

Knowing your rights and obligations

 

  1. It is a legal obligation to ensure that your tenant has the right to reside in the UK before you rent your property.

  2. Ensure you have a written tenancy agreement in place, signed by all parties.  We can review and advise on the contents required in a tenancy agreement.

  3. Any deposit received MUST be protected in a government approved scheme within 30 days. The certificate and prescribed information MUST also be provided to the tenant within 30 days.

  4. Ensure the tenant has the prescribed information for current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC),  gas and electricity safety certificate.

  5. You must also ensure you provide the tenant with a “How to Rent Guide” (updated version 17 March 2023) prior to them moving into the property and that you have kept a written record of when these were provided.  It is good practice to send a letter to the tenant detailing this and ask them to sign to acknowledge receipt. 

  6. Make sure that you have a detailed inventory of the condition of the property, with photographs or video before the tenant moves into the property.  We always advise both landlord and tenant to document and record the condition of the property at start and end of tenancy with signatures of both parties on the inventories.

  7. Throughout the tenancy the condition of the property and any requirement for repairs should be reviewed.  Regular contact should be maintained between landlord and tenant, building in inspection visits with adequate notice to the tenant, not less than 24 hours.  

  8. A landlord is under an obligation to allow the tenant quiet enjoyment whilst they are in legal possession of the property, if for any reason it is not possible for the tenant to allow an inspection, this can be managed by accommodating a different time; there is no right to forcible entry, and this should be avoided.  We can assist with arranging amicable meetings to discuss any issues.

  9. Arrears of rent can arise for numerous reasons and it is essential (although not always and easy situation), that any issues with rent are addressed immediately and in a reasonable manner.  Any correspondence demanding rent be paid should be as a last resort, because this can inflame a situation.  However, delaying the process indefinitely will cause an escalation of costs when you have to start legal proceedings.   A record should be kept of all dates of attempts to resolve any financial issues, and then followed up in writing confirming contents of any discussions, promises to pay, and agreement for arrears repayment plans.

  10. Many landlords neglect to keep in touch with their tenants about the property it is always better to keep this managed, if not by you as a landlord, any agent who looks after your property should diarise check ins with the tenant.

  11. Landlords have a statutory obligation to ensure that their property is kept in good repair.  If they fail to carry out repairs a tenant can report this to a local authority who will undertake an inspection, and serve a Notice to rectify the repair issues.  A tenant can also bring civil proceedings for disrepair, which can be a very costly exercise which is more often than not proven to far outweigh the cost of any repairs.  We can assist with bringing or defending disrepair claims.

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