Landlord and tenant disputes can be extremely complex and may involve properties held under a leasehold agreement or short-term lettings under a tenancy agreement.
In either case, the agreement made between the landlord and tenant in the lease or tenancy agreement is usually key to resolving any dispute.
Tenants are protected under the Housing Act and the agreement between a landlord and leasehold homeowner is covered by the property’s lease.
Duncan Lewis advises both leasehold homeowners and private rental tenants to seek legal advice at an early stage of a dispute, before extensive correspondence between the parties accumulates, as this can push up legal costs.
Landlord and tenant disputes can involve a range of matters, but the most common issues involve:
A lease or tenancy agreement will cover a wide range of agreements between a leaseholder or a tenant and a landlord – and it is crucial that leaseholders and tenants read their lease or tenancy agreement, which usually covers every aspect of living in a property, from restrictions on making noise, to where the refuse should be placed and obligations to maintain a property.
A lease or tenancy agreement is legally enforceable for both the landlord and the leaseholder or tenant – but often one or the other fails in its obligations under the lease and this can lead to disputes.
Duncan Lewis has highly successful litigation and property departments and can advise landlords, leasehold homeowners and private rental tenants on their obligations.
Property disputes often benefit from mediation or dispute resolution services to avoid costly and unnecessary litigation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on cases where a landlord may be a nominal landlord or an offshore landlord – or a landlord, leaseholder or tenant refuses to respond to correspondence or cannot be traced.
For expert legal advice on Landlord &Tenant (Private) disputes, call Duncan Lewis Property Litigation Solicitors on 0333 772 0409.