Landlord and Tenant

For landlords, renting out property can be a lucrative investment opportunity. For tenants, renting is essential to provide you with a safe home. Striking a balance between these needs means that disputes are common and often frustrating for both parties. Keeping the relationship as positive as possible and fully understanding your rights is vital. With the right legal advice, you can come out on top.

We work with landlords and tenants across Horsham, West Sussex and the south of England, providing advice about all aspects of renting a property, from drafting and reviewing tenancy agreements to conflict dispute resolution and property litigation.

We also provide advice to leasehold homeowners and freeholders on matters such as lease extension and collective enfranchisement.

If you would like information or advice from our landlord and tenant solicitors, contact us today by giving us a call or by emailing info@lewisdenley.com.

Our landlord & tenant law expertise

Our experience includes:

  • Drafting and reviewing tenancy agreements, leases and licences
  • Possession claims
  • Recovery of rent and service charges
  • Right to manage advice and disputes
  • Collective enfranchisement
  • Adverse possession claims
  • Unlawful eviction claims
  • Disputes between tenant management organisations and local authorities and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

We advise all types of clients about their rights and responsibilities, including:

  • Landlords and tenants under assured shorthold tenancies, periodic tenancies and assured tenancies
  • People who own property on a long leasehold basis
  • Leasehold landlords (who own the freehold of a property, usually a building that has been divided into flats)

Legal advice for landlords

It is normal to feel angry about an issue with a tenant. The problem concerns your property, your money, possibly even your livelihood so trying to negotiate can be frustrating.

Understanding your legal rights and how to exercise them is the best way to approach a problem or dispute. We will clearly outline your rights and provide detailed advice on what action you can take.

We have a vast range and depth of experience, allowing us to provide useful, practical advice whether you are an assured shorthold tenancy landlord or you are the freeholder of a property occupied by a long leasehold tenant. We can also provide advice to people on the legal implications of letting a room to a lodger under a licence agreement.

Our expertise includes:

  • Drafting and reviewing tenancy agreements, leases and licence agreements
  • Rent arrears and recovery
  • Tenancy renewals and ending a tenancy, for example, by serving notice or using a break clause
  • Possession proceedings to evict a tenant or unauthorised squatter
  • Dispute resolution advice over issues such as:
    • Disrepair and maintenance
    • Property damage
    • Deposit protection
    • Anti-social behaviour
    • Unauthorised subletting
    • Service charges
    • Adverse possession
  • Licensing and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) matters and disputes
  • Buying and selling buy to let property
  • Collective enfranchisement, lease extension, right to manage, right of first refusal and other leasehold matters

Preserving a strong relationship with your tenant is often highly beneficial, particularly if it saves you the time, stress and costs of evicting them and remarketing the property. We will engage our proficient negotiation skills to give you the best possible chance of achieving a positive outcome without irreparably damaging future relations with your tenant.

Where necessary we can also conduct legal proceedings on your behalf, for example, to rid your property of unauthorised squatters or where an amicable solution with a tenant is not possible.

Legal advice for tenants

For many tenants, it can feel like lease agreements heavily favour the landlord. This can be challenging for people looking to build a life and a permanent home. Knowing your legal rights can save you a lot of worry and help you find a positive solution even when it feels like your landlord has the upper hand.

We have a strong track record of helping clients restore a shaky relationship with their landlord, often helping them to avoid or stop eviction and compelling the landlord to fulfil their legal responsibilities (such as to repair the property).

We have also helped dozens of leasehold homeowners strengthen their homeownership, for example, by taking advantage of their legal right to extend their lease or purchase the freehold.

Our expertise includes:

  • Drafting and reviewing tenancy agreements, leases and licence agreements
  • Negotiating with landlords over alleged rent arrears
  • Defending possession proceedings
  • Tenancy renewals and ending a tenancy, for example, by serving notice or using a break clause
  • Dispute resolution advice over issues such as:
    • Your landlord’s responsibilities regarding disrepair and maintenance
    • Alleged property damage
    • Deposit protection
    • Alleged anti-social behaviour
    • Unauthorised subletting (including where you discover that the person you have been paying rent to is not the landlord)
    • Service charges
  • Collective enfranchisement, lease extension, right to manage, right of first refusal and other leasehold matters

Get in touch with our landlord & tenant law solicitors in Horsham, West Sussex

If you would like further information or advice from our landlord and tenant solicitors in Horsham, West Sussex, contact us today by giving us a call or by emailing info@lewisdenley.com.

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