Landlord and Tenant
Landlord & Tenant
As specialists in Landlord and Tenant Law we act for landlords and tenants in almost equal measure and are therefore able to offer detailed and comprehensive advice on a variety of matters including the following:
Service Charge Disputes
- Maintenance Issues
- Disrepair claims, Dilapidations Claims and all other leasehold disputes Injunctions
- Applications to the First-tier Tribunal and the County Court
- Housing Law including claims for rent arrears and possession of property against lawful tenants or squatters
- Lease disputes and breach of covenant
- Adverse possession and co-ownership disputes
- Easements and covenants
Disputes with a Landlord
As a tenant in a rented property, dealing with your housing problem can be a stressful experience. You may have moved into your property and discovered there are lots of problems with repairs. Alternatively, you may lose your job and wonder how you will pay the rent. You may be in a house share and experience problems with neighbouring tenants. Alternatively, your landlord may wish to repossess the property and you have nowhere else to go.
Lloyds Clifford Solicitors’s landlord and tenant solicitors can advise tenants facing the following problems:
- Tenancy status and your rights, e.g. if you are given notice to vacate your home and are unsure how to proceed next.
- Representation at court to those defending possession proceedings or warrants to evict, and to occupiers who are unlawfully evicted and wish to obtain compensation/reinstatement to a property.
- To those who have purchased property under a long lease, advice on disputes regarding service charges or management of the building and advice on lease extensions
- Representation at court to those wishing to obtain compensation for disrepair and those who need repairs carried out. If works are urgent we can assist in applying for an emergency injunction.
- Representation to those who face losing their home through allegations of anti social behaviour.
- Assistance in respect of tenancy deposit schemes and how deposits should be protected and disputes resolved.
Many of our services are offered on a fixed fee basis – please visit our office for further details.
If you are made homeless, our Housing law solicitors can offer further advice.
For initial advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our landlord and tenant solicitors, please contact us on 02072472271.
Important things to consider
The law relating to landlord and tenant can be very confusing. Lloyds Clifford Solicitors has a dedicated team of landlord and tenant solicitors with a wide knowledge of the housing sector and prevailing market conditions. To assist you in dealing with your housing problem effectively you should:
- Make sure you keep a copy of your tenancy agreement in a safe place.
- Request regular rent statements from your landlord so you can check all rent payments.
- Make sure that you report all disrepair to your landlord in writing and keep a copy of your letters.
- Ensure that you open all post received at the property and addressed to The Occupier. If dealing with an agency, make sure that you are given a full name and address for your landlord.
- Ensure that there is an inventory prepared at the beginning of the tenancy and that you agree its content.
- Make sure you keep a written note of all matters in connection with your tenancy in chronological date order.
Our landlord and tenant solicitors may be able to assist you in preventing eviction or in improving your housing conditions or asserting rights under your tenancy or lease.
However, in all cases it is important that you receive legal advice as quickly as possible.
If you are a residential tenant and have a dispute with the landlord, a Housing Association or local authority, our landlord and tenant solicitors are committed to listening to your needs and working hard to obtain the best possible outcomes in respect of your housing problems.
Disputes with Tenants
Whatever your reasons for becoming a landlord, managing and letting property can be complicated and you may experience the following types of problems:
- You may wish to give notice to an occupant and obtain possession;
- You may have a tenant who is failing to pay rent or breaking other terms of their tenancy;
- You will need to know if you need to register the rental deposit with a tenancy deposit scheme
- Your property may require repairs and you may be concerned as to how these will be carried out with a tenant in occupation;
- Your tenant may be complaining about defects at the property and you are unsure as to who is responsible for remedying those defects;
- Your tenant may be complaining about a neighbouring tenant and you are unsure how to deal with the conflict;
- Your tenant may have contacted the Local Authority about the property and you may be unsure as to how to deal with Local Authority Regulations or whether your property should be licensed/registered
Whatever your concerns, our landlord and tenant solicitors can assist and represent you in finding a solution to your problems.
Important things to consider
Lloyds Clifford Solicitors has a dedicated team of landlord and tenant solicitors with a wide knowledge of the property sector and prevailing market conditions. Once you have decided to rent your property you should stick to the following rules:
- Always use a reputable agent (preferably one registered with the Association of Residential Lettings Agents;
- Ensure that you check tenant details carefully including references;
- Ensure you have your lender’s permission to let the property;
- Make sure that the gas and electrical supplies at the property are checked before you let the property;
- Always retain copies of all documents in connection with the tenancy and keep in chronological date order
If in any doubt as to what landlord’s responsibilities are, you should seek prompt legal advice.
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