We advise tenants in private, local authority or housing association property, and tenants' associations.
We offer a range of legal services to provide peace of mind and ensure your life is not unnecessarily disturbed by problems associated with your home or your landlord.
We prepare tenancy agreements for landlords and advise tenants on the terms of their tenancy and the establishment of an association. As with any contract, it should be reasonable and enforceable, setting out the duties and obligations of both parties. A clear understanding of your rights can save stress and expense in the future.
From time to time, problems will arise between landlord and tenant. These could concern:
- Making repairs (internal or external)
- Unauthorised changes/decoration
- Insurance claims
- Resisting eviction/enforcing repossession
- Unlawful eviction
- Neighbours' unreasonable action
- Service charges, council tax
- Rent reviews, fair rents
- Recovering unpaid/late rent
- Change of tenant
- Varying/terminating the tenancy agreement
Problems should be tackled when they arise. They should not be allowed to go on to the point where one side or the other has to make significant concessions. Early action, led by a solicitor if necessary, can often produce a result that is fair and reasonable for both sides without the delay, expense and personal animosity often caused by court action