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.