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Landlord and tenant law can be complex, with a wide array of specific requirements and regulations governing the leases of both residential and commercial properties.

While the specific requirements of domestic and commercial letting vary, there are several common areas of dispute that often arise between tenants and landlords.

Areas of dispute and litigation on which we can provide specialist knowledge and advice include:

  • Deposits – payment, non-payment and recovery of deposit payments
  • Leasehold enfranchisement – requests for leaseholders to purchase the freehold of their property
  • Lease extensions – requests to extend the leasehold of a flat prior to its expiration. This is often essential when seeking to sell your property as most mortgage lenders will not lend on a property with a short lease or one that is due to expire. Extensions are usually a 90 year term
  • Lease termination – termination of residential tenancies including Assured Shorthold Tenancies and Rent Act Tenancies
  • Rent arrears – debt recovery of unpaid rent for both landlords and agents
  • Repairs – advice on contractual repairs, plus covering the cost of structural and interior damage
  • Service charge disputes – advice on acceptable charges and recovery of unpaid fees
  • The right to manage – advice on how leaseholders can exercise their right to manage their property
  • The right of first refusal – advice regarding the right of leaseholders to be offered the opportunity to buy their freehold, should the owner wish to sell

We are also able to advise and assist with specific legal issues between landlords and tenants such as:

  • Assured Shorthold Tenancies
  • Enforcement of covenants in leases
  • Forfeiture
  • Any issues arising from the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
  • Landlord licence or consents
  • Lease negotiation
  • Lease renewal
  • Leasehold enfranchisement
  • Possession proceedings
  • Removal of unauthorised occupants (squatters)
  • Rent reviews (amount and suggested frequency)
  • Assignment of lease (sale/transfer)
  • Sub-letting in breach of agreed contract

Please contact our Litigation Department on our mobile friendly number 033 33 22 1000 or 0800 987 8156 to arrange a meeting and speak to a solicitor.

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