With proper legal guidance it’s possible to create a relationship between landlord and tenant that is both healthy and mutually beneficial. However, things can sometimes become difficult and litigation unavoidable. Orchid Solicitors are experienced in representing both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential property disputes ensuring that you find the best resolution possible.
Orchid Solicitors are able to assist landlords with all areas of housing law whether it's regarding a commercial or residential property including:
We are able to draft the initial Tenancy Agreement based on your specific requirements and are can advise more generally with regard to the respective obligations of the parties to a particular agreement
Where the relationship between you and your tenant breaks down, we are able to advise and assist with regard to all steps involved in possession proceedings including drafting and serving notices on your tenant, issuing possession proceedings, representation at court and enforcement of the final order to enable you to regain possession of your property
Whilst clearly less common, we are also experienced in dealing with situations involving properties being squatted and dealing with the court proceedings necessary for regaining possession
All private landlords should be aware of the requirements relating to registering deposits taken from tenants and we are able to advise you with regard to your obligations under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and assist you in dealing with any claims stemming from this brought by your tenant
We are also able to advise you regarding any disrepair issues that may arise and, in particular, in defending any claims brought by your tenant that relate to this. In such cases we may need to instruct an expert for a report with regards to the disrepair.
We agree a fixed fee for each stage of the possession claim.
Our team has immense experience representing tenants in all areas of housing law including the following:
We can advise you on how to best prevent proceedings being issued if you become aware that your landlord is seeking possession. It's also important to note that there are strict time limits for filing a defence if proceedings are issued.
All landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that the structure of their property is maintained to a reasonable standard of repair and should carry out all necessary repairs to a property before renting it out. our team can advise you on bringing a claim against your landlord if they fail to do so.
Our team of housing solicitors can provide advice and representation if you believe you have been wrongfully placed on a housing waiting list. We can prepare the required documentation for appealing councils decision and advise on how to proceed once the result of the challenge has been received.
Landlord's and their agents are prohibited by law from harassing you and unlawfully evicting you. We can help get you back into the property if your landlord has changed the locks or cut your utility supply off by applying to the County Court for an emergency injunction order.
Judicial Review is part of the appeals process and our team can help you prepare your case properly. If you have been made homeless then it's vital that you present the strongest possible case as it can be the difference between overturning a decision and a failed application.
For tenants we may offer conditional fee agreements (CFA) ('no win no fee') for disrepair matters where appropriate.
Our solicitors aim to make the legal process clear and straight forward by providing high quality advice and representation in all landlord and tenant legal matters. If you would like more advice or to book a consultation please contact our team at our office in Ilford at the details below.