Landlord and Tenant Solicitors

Our landlord and tenant solicitors can work on behalf of either party, advising both landlords and tenants, to help resolve disputes. We have plenty of experience across various types of commercial and residential property.

Landlord and tenant disputes

Friction between tenants and landlords is not uncommon and, fortunately, most issues can be resolved amicably. However, in some cases, you will need the advice and support of a legal professional.

Our aim is always to resolve the dispute for you as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Our specialists are highly experienced in a number of ways to resolve landlord and tenant disputes: roundtable negotiation, formal mediation, or court proceedings.

We always pursue the most appropriate method based on the context of the matter.

Our experienced landlord and tenant solicitors will sit down with you, discuss your situation and then advise you on the best course of action. If necessary, we’ll then act on your behalf to resolve the dispute formally.

Get in touch today to organise a free, initial consultation with one of our team.

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How we can help

Commercial disputes

We deal with many landlord and tenant disputes relating to commercial properties. These commonly include:

  • Dilapidation claims – when damage or disrepair is discovered by the landlord, commonly at the end of the lease
  • Breach of covenant – when a tenant fails to comply with the terms of the lease
  • Commercial rent arrears recovery (CRAR) – helping you recover unpaid rent by serving prior notice of seizure to the tenant
  • Forfeiture and recovery of possession – taking your property back if the tenant fails to pay rent or breaches covenants
  • Lease renewal disputes
  • Rent review disputes
  • Service charge disputes/recovery

Residential disputes

Renting domestic properties is commonplace in the UK now. As a result, legal issues between tenants and landlords are more frequent than ever, including:

  • Breach of covenant – when a tenant fails to comply with the terms of the lease
  • Possession claims – taking back the property if rent is not paid or covenants are not performed
  • Service charges
  • Rent arrears
  • Property damage, maintenance & repairs
  • Rental deposits
  • Eviction notices

FAQs

Who do you work with?

We provide legal support for landlords and tenants, so regardless of what side of the dispute you’re on, we’re here to help. We have substantial experience with both commercial and residential property, too.

I’m having an issue with my tenant/landlord, what should I do?

Regardless of whether you’re the tenant or landlord, you should begin by raising the issue with the other party in a calm, sensible manner. You can try to resolve the problem collaboratively or, alternatively, find an agreeable compromise. Make sure to keep a record of your communications (and any agreements you make), in case you need to refer back to them later.

If the issue can’t be resolved, or the other party is proving difficult, speak to a legal advisor to get their thoughts on the matter and find out whether it’s worth pursuing legal action.

Can I evict a tenant?

There are two main routes for removing a tenant from your property: serving a Section 8 Notice or serving a Section 21 Notice. Both are used in different situations, and serving an eviction notice doesn’t necessarily mean the tenant has done anything wrong (you may just need the property back for repairs, to sell it, or to live in it yourself).

A section 8 notice is generally used where the tenant has breached the terms of the agreement (such as rent arrears) or there are discretionary grounds for removal (such as property neglect).

A section 21 notice is known as a no-fault eviction. It can only be used for tenants on Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) and must be served with at least two months’ notice. There are other requirements too – for example, you must have protected the tenant’s deposit and provided several key documents.

Highly rated and trusted by our customers

“A couple of years ago I had a considerable rental amount owed to me by a difficult tenant and I opted to use Slater Heelis once more to advise and help me with the process of recovery. I was introduced to Daniel Wise who quickly outlined the likely progress the litigation would take and expertly guided me through what was to become a protracted case due to factors not under our control.

There were a number of key decisions that had to be made during the course of this action and at each step, Daniel explained clearly the various options available to me and advised accordingly. I am delighted to say that our case was completely successful with all outstanding monies recovered.

I was impressed and grateful for Daniel’s clear thinking, calmness and guidance throughout the process and would not hesitate to recommend his services.”

Paul Benson, Pharmacist

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