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