Services we offer:
We provide an efficient, cost effective and friendly service to our private clients in the following areas:
Conveyancing – freehold and leasehold
Wills and Probate
Legal Service for landlords:
We are of the view that it is important from the outset that landlords have a written tenancy agreement and they are fully aware of their obligations to register any deposit taken. We offer advice to landlords on this and can prepare tenancy agreements specifically tailored to their needs.
We provide advice and assistance to landlords to assist them in regaining possession in the following areas: –
- Preparing notices i.e. Notice Requiring Possession (Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988) and Notice Seeking Possession (Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988).
- Preparing Court paperwork to seek possession of the premises following service and expiry of the relevant notice.
- Representing the client at court.
We can also assist landlords who wish to increase rent during the tenancy but do not want to grant a new tenancy.
Where landlords have encountered problems in gaining access to the premises for the purposes of gas safety inspections i.e. pursuant to statutory duty we can assist the landlord in applying for an injunction to assist the landlord in gaining entry to the premises.
We also assist landlords who are facing claims for breach of repairing obligation and non-registration of deposits.
For Tenancies granted on or after 1 October 2015 landlords need to be aware of the far-reaching changes which have been made by the Deregulation Act 2015 and the associated regulations, particularly the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) 2015. We can advise landlords on the implications of this Act and the regulations.
Also for any tenancy (including sub-tenancies, lodgings and licences) granted on or after 1 February 2016 landlords must comply with the Right to Rent checks pursuant to the Immigration Act 2014 and the associated regulation The Immigration (Residential Accommodation) (Prescribed Requirements and Codes of Practice)(Amendment) Order 2016. Again we can offer advice so that landlords are fully compliant.
We have assisted clients with:-
- Applying for injunctions pursuant to Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the Act) with or without a power of arrest. Since the commencement of the Act what were formerly applications for Section 153 injunctions pursuant to the Housing Act 1996 (as amended) and complaints laid for ASBOs pursuant to Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (as amended) are now both dealt with under Part 1 of the Act and collectively referred to as injunctions. These ‘new’ injunctions can also be made against those who are under 18.
- Where injunctions are breached dealing with the committal proceedings arising out of arrest or by way of paper applications.
- Obtaining possession orders on both mandatory and discretionary grounds.
- Obtaining Closure Orders in the Magistrates’ Court pursuant to Chapter 3 of the Act where the person has engaged, or if the order is not made is likely to engage. in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour on the premises, or that the use of the premises has resulted, or is likely to result if the order is not made, in serious nuisance to members of the public or where there has been, or it is likely there will be if the order is not made, disorder associated with the use of the premises.
- Obtaining injunctions where tenants fail to allow access to the landlord, after reasonable attempts have been made and the landlord cannot comply with their statutory duty to service gas appliances. We have also obtained injunctions for access to check electrical appliances or to test for asbestos
We can also provide advice, assistance and training in defending housing disrepair claims, homeless, succession, mutual exchange/transfer of tenancy and public law matters.
We can provide advice regarding the Equality Act 2010 and the implications this Act has on the public sector. We can also review policies to make sure they are written with the Public Sector Equality Act duty in mind.