Costly court proceedings in landlord and tenant disputes are not inevitable. Being advised of your rights, obligations and liabilities at the outset as a landlord or a tenant, is crucial to avoid the dispute escalating and to maintain a good relationship. If you do end up in a dispute, you will need swift and accurate advice from an expert who can manage communications, keep costs down and make sure any disputes come to rapid conclusion.
How we can help with landlord and tenant disputes
- Understanding your obligations and liabilities as a landlord or tenant
- Tenancy agreements and proactive advice on the implications of changing housing law
- Possession claims
- Service charge disputes
- Breach of tenancy terms
- Advice on restrictions in leases such as not being able to sublet a property for holiday lets
- Issues with cleaning, damage, maintenance and other common reasons for disputes
- Rent arrears
- Termination of a tenancy
- Property management issues
- Issues with disrepair or unsociable behaviour
- Reporting and evidence gathering
Examples of clients we have helped
- Recovering possession from a tenant who was claiming he was withholding rent because repair work needed doing to the property for damage he had caused himself. Obtained order for possession, arrears and costs. Further obtained full recovery of sums owed to landlord after tenant made various attempts to avoid service of the bankruptcy proceedings.
- Obtained possession of a residential property for a charity in Hampshire whose tenant claimed to have the benefit of an agricultural tenancy.
- Obtained possession for a landlord of a multi-use property consisting of a restaurant and two flats above.
- Obtained possession from a tenant who had in the previous year made substantial adjustments to the property without the landlord’s consent, including installing a pond and removing internal walls.
- Represented a tenant where the landlord had commenced possession proceedings without having protected the deposit.
- Undertaken various residential possession proceedings relying upon both s.8 and s.21 notices, some of which have been defended by tenants claiming deposit regulations not complied with or reasons behind why rent had not been paid. We have a very high success rate in recovering possession as a result of the various checks we do before proceedings are issued.
- Advised a management company of a large residential block of flats that tenants were not permitted under their long leases to rent the properties out as holiday lets on Airbnb as this would breach the covenant to only use the property for residential purposes.