Housing law is one area that is bound to affect most of us at some point in our lives – whether it’s because we’re buying a new home, renting a property, having issues with neighbors or simply wanting to extend a lease. We have a team of solicitors that specializes in all aspects of housing law.
No matter what your housing issue is, our firm is dedicated to providing a clear, transparent and personalized service. You will be allocated a single point of contact who will be on hand throughout your case. They will even come to meet you outside of office hours or at a weekend if this suits you better. And because we understand that it’s important for our clients to have a good idea of likely costs, we confirm this in writing as soon as you appoint us.
Renting out a property can be a weighty responsibility, particularly for first-time landlords. Yet even the most experienced landlord can encounter issues with tenants, either during the course of the lease or at its conclusion. Our team is experienced in handling all manner of tenancy issues, including rent arrears, breaches of covenant and termination of tenancy agreements.
The services we provide include:
- Drafting documents such as tenancy agreements;
- Issuing disrepair claims;
- Issuing possession proceedings;
- Commencing eviction proceedings or dealing with squatters;
- Pursuing rent arrears; and
- Defending claims brought by tenants (eg. unlawful eviction).
The 2016 Housing Survey revealed that there are around 912,000 more families with children renting in the private sector than there were 10 years ago. The age of private renters is going up, and fewer private renters are expected to own their own home. This means it’s even more important for tenants to make sure they are getting a fair deal from their landlords and that they are aware of their rights.
At Woodgrange Solicitors, we have a wealth of experience when it comes to representing tenants and can offer assistance with a range of issues, including:
- Claims against landlords for disrepair;
- Unlawful eviction;
- Defending possession proceedings;
- Damages for breach of tenancy rights or harassment by a landlord;
- Problems securing the return of your deposit;
- Challenging homeless decisions by local authorities; and
- Judicial review.
Leaseholders and Freeholders
In some instances you may buy a home but not own the land it is built on – this is particularly common with flats, where you may be paying service charges that can go up each year. There will also be ongoing charges, such as ground rent. Whether you are looking to extend a lease or buy the freehold (ie. enfranchisement), our team of experts can help make the process quick and smooth.
Other areas we cover include:
- Service charge disputes;
- Collective enfranchisement (buying freehold with other leaseholders);
- Representation at the County Court or Property Tribunal.
If you have a housing issue that you would like to discuss with us, just call one of our specialist solicitors on 020 8534 2400 and they will be happy to help.