Homelessness / rehousing
Local authorities have a duty to help vulnerable people find housing but this is not always straight forward; often housing applications aren’t processed, delays can occur, no temporary accommodation is available or unsuitable housing is offered. Our experts will ensure you understand your rights and get a timely outcome that suits your needs. Speak to one of the team today to find out how we can help you.
Disputes arise for a number of reasons including objections to planning applications, shared amenities, fences, walls and boundaries to name just a few. We can provide you with specialist knowledge to pursue a dispute but always prefer to resolve them by mediation and arbitration first. Get in contact to see how our team of experts can help to resolve your issues.
This is when your landlord or their representative deliberately takes action to disrupt your life or make you leave your property. It could be entering your home without permission, without notice or at antisocial hours. Injunctions and harassment orders stop this from happening and we work with you to document events and gain the correct legal paperwork to stop this from occurring. Speak to one of our team to find out the best course of action for your situation.
For tenants we advise on how to respond to a section 8 notice. We always advise landlords and tenants on dispute resolutions and mediation as an alternative to court action. If the matter does proceed to Court however we can represent tenants throughout the process. Even after a possession order may have been granted we can still assist you to halt the possession process.
Your mortgage company may be threatening or may have already started possession proceedings against you if you are in arrears with your mortgage. We can represent you in Court proceedings and even after a possession order has been granted to try to prevent your property from being repossessed.
All landlords have a legal duty to ensure properties are fit for human habitation and meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard. We advise both private tenants and social housing tenants on taking action against a landlord for disrepair under section 604 of the Housing Act 1985 (amended by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989). This covers many areas and you should call one of our expert solicitors to see how we can help to resolve your repair issues in a timely manner. If the matter cannot be resolved by negotiation we are able to issue an application in the County Court to force Landlords to make the repairs necessary.
Tenants cannot be evicted without a Section 21 notice. If the tenant still remains in the property after the specified time period a possession order will be required. If a landlord has not followed the correct legal procedure, the eviction will be unlawful and the tenant may be entitled to damages. If you feel you are a victim of an unlawful eviction or that your landlord is threatening you with an unlawful eviction get in touch with one of our specialist housing team.
Legal Aid may be available for some aspects of housing law. Please click here for further information if you are interested in applying for Legal Aid.