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Landlord and Tenant

Landlord and Tenant

Leases & Tenancy Agreements, Dispute Resolution and Admin

Landlord and Tenant

Landlords of residential property rely upon us to deal with both contentious and non-contentious aspects of landlord and tenant law.

Leases & Tenancy Agreements

Our expertise within this area ensures that our team remain at the very cutting edge of all legal framework developments ultimately ensuring that your obligations are met and your commercial advantage is maintained.

We pride ourselves on our ability to translate legalese into clear, plain English and provide candid advice and practical solutions on all matters of concern to Landlords which may include:

- Assured Shortholds and other Tenancies
- Lease Extensions
- Assignments and sub-letting
- Collective freehold enfranchisement
- Landlords' consents
- Lease renewals and other issues arising from the Landlord & Tenant Acts 1954 and 1995
- Agricultural tenancies

Dispute Resolution & Litigation

As a landlord, you will undoubtedly seek tenants who will occupy your property with due care and respect and act in an honest fashion at all time whist meeting their contractual obligations.

With this in mind, and the appropriate leases in place, you will hope that that a solicitor is not required to act in the case where a tenant has caused issue. In the unfortunate circumstance that such a need arises, you can rest assured that the solicitors at AWS can offer you the best possible route to resolving the dispute in your favour. We are specialist in:

- Landlord and tenant disputes
- Breach of lease consultancy and litigation
- Rent reviews/rent arrears
- Service charge disputes
- Enforcement of covenants
- Issuing proceedings for the possession of premises
- Recovery of service charges
- Recovery of possession
- Removal of unauthorised occupants
- Schedules of dilapidations
- Tenant eviction

Administrative Duties

Administrative duties associated with landlord and tenant arrangements can be time consuming and inconvenient for many landlords, particularly those with other business interests or employment commitments.

Aspects which can place a burden on landlords can be easily outsourced to the team at AWS and managed by qualified solicitors and paralegals who can liaise with your tenants and agents as required. Some of these activities include, but which are not limited to:

- Lease negotiation
- Lease renewal
- Lease extension

Property Tribunals & Representation

Should the worst case scenario arise in the relationship between tenant and landlord, it is possible that you may find yourself being subject to or needing to call upon a property tribunal. This can be a very trying, complicated, stressful and onerous time and you will want to ensure that you have the best representation possible.

Working with Ashley Wilson Solicitors will ensure that you receive advice which is fit for purpose combined with expert representation from a team of solicitors with years of experience in contentious property litigation.

We will work with you to ensure that you stand the best chance of securing a favourable outcome and will offer access to the most qualified Barristers should the need arise. We are specialist in:

- Possession Proceedings
- Forfeiture

 

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Legal Updates

Residential leaseholders

This article looks at the reforms announced so far around enfranchisement, the restrictions imposed on the sale of houses of a leasehold basis and the fees charged to leaseholders for essential information needed on sale are to be limited.

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 – Royal Assent

In 2018, the then Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid announced a “crackdown on unfairly sold practices” that would include setting ground rents on new long leases to zero and working with The Law Commission to make the process of purchasing a freehold or extending a lease of a flat “much easier, faster and cheaper”.

Right to Manage – is a breach of the statutory framework fatal?

The right to manage is simple in concept but unfortunately complex in its application as there are a lot of procedural hurdles that participating flat owners can fall at and this can lead to litigation as of course their landlord needs to be sure whether management will validly vest.  Consequently there are a huge number of cases taken by landlords challenging the validity of claims which some might find surprising.