Residential Landlord and Tenant
At Battens, we take a realistic and practical approach to residential landlord and tenant matters.
The legal technicalities involved in the setting up of a landlord and tenant relationship and bringing one to an end can be somewhat off-putting and we offer practical advice and assistance on all stages of the relationship.
We can draft the necessary paperwork for a tenancy (of whatever type) or licence, and advise on the legal requirements for dealing with a tenancy deposit. We can facilitate an ongoing relationship and/or change in circumstance, as well as seek to resolve a dispute such as a breach of the agreement.
We know that it may often be a difficult decision to take action against a tenant and seek to regain possession of a property, and we recognise the importance of achieving a resolution which is both speedy and cost-proportionate. Battens can serve the relevant section 8 or 21 notice and can advise on whether to follow a fault or no-fault-based legal procedure.
Court proceedings may not always be the best way to achieve your goals, and we will always pursue other avenues, such as mediation, where that is best for you.
Where court proceedings are necessary, we will pursue the appropriate course of action with the aim of achieving your goal with the minimum amount of time and disruption to you.
Landlord and tenant disputes can be expensive and it is important to us that potential costs of a case are properly understood, proportionate to the dispute and capable of being funded. We will always therefore give you full advice in relation to the costs and we will always act on a fixed fee basis where we can.
Areas of expertise include:
- Accelerated possession
- Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST)
- Breach of covenant, common law tenancies
- Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
- Housing disrepair licence to occupy
- Possession proceedings
- Rent Act protected tenancies
- Rent arrears
- Section 8 notices
- Section 21 notices
- Services charges
- Tenancy deposits