Landlords & Tenants

We can help both tenants and landlords with any property issues helping find the right solution for you.

Commercial Disputes

Breach of lease

A lease is a legal contract, so if one party breaks the terms set out in the lease, legal action can be taken through the County Court.

You can look to seek an injunction, recover your costs, order for specific performance, or even forfeiture the lease.

To talk through your options, contact one of the specialists in our Litigation team.

Unpaid rent?

Unpaid rent by tenants can have a huge impact on a landlord's own financial situation, so it is important not to let rent arrears spiral out of control.

If speaking or writing to the tenant hasn't worked in the first instance, there are a number of other options available to help you deal with unpaid rent. These include:

  • Payment options/repayment plan
  • Forfeiture of the lease
  • Recovery as debt
  • Recovery from third parties

To find out more about these options and how we can help you, contact our Litigation team.

Landlord responsibilities to repair and maintain

A landlord is reponsible for providing a property which is sanitary and safe to live in. During the period of a tenancy, the landlord is always responsible for repairs to:

  • the property's structure and exterior
  • basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary fittings including pipes and drains
  • heating and hot water
  • gas appliances, pipes , flues and ventilation
  • electrical wiring
  • any damage they cause by attempting repairs

Tenants also have some responsbility and should keep the property in a clean and tidy condition as agreed in the contract.

If you have issues regarding the repairs and maintenance of a property, please contact the Litigation team.

Extending your lease

If your lease is approaching 80 years remaining, you have a legal right to extend this as a short lease can affect the value of your property and the ability to obtain a mortgage on it.  The cost of doing extending the lease increases as the lease length gets shorter.

For more information, please click HERE, or to discuss your specific circumstances, please contact either John Carter or Peter Knibbs in the Litigation team.