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Housing

Housing Law - Landlord Rights

CSB Solicitors have an experienced in-house Housing specialist team that deal with Landlords and related disputes. Our experienced Housing team can help with the following:

Starting a Tenancy

CSB Solicitors will be able to assist Landlords with all the documents required to start a Tenancy and will help you master, vetting, referencing and assist in the smooth commencement. CSB Solicitors will be able to assist you in the drafting of:

  • Inventory of Household Items and Condition of Property
  • Tenancy Application Forms
  • Prospective Tenant Moving Guidance Notes
  • Tenant Bank Reference Request
  • Tenant Vetting Personal Reference
  • Council Tax Notification of New Tenants
  • Utilities Suppliers Notification of New Tenants
  • Tenancy Agreement with Information for Deposit Protection
  • Master Tenancy Agreement Pack
  • Deed of Guarantee Tenancy Agreement
  • Company Let Agreement

Most Landlords do not appreciate the headache of the ever-changing regulations which they must adhere to. These regulations exist to protect the Tenant and there are often severe penalties for non-compliance – therefore it is in your best interests to do things correctly for this is easier than tidying up the mess afterwards and dealing with the consequences.

Managing a Tenancy

CSB Solicitors will help you master, manage and resolve any issues that may arise during the tenancy. These may range from tenant breaches including rent arrears to repair issues. Whatever it is, you need to know how to act quickly, efficiently and in accordance with legislation. CSB Solicitors will be able to assist you in the following:

Managing the exit of a Tenant

  • Tenant Leaving Early
  • Check Out Process
  • Ending a Tenancy
  • Return of Deposit
  • Debt Recovery for rent arrears, damage etc

Renewing the Tenancy

  • Renewing the Tenancy
  • How to Increase the Rent
  • Periodic Tenancies
  • Serving Notices

What Notice to Serve?

  • Section 21 Notices
  • Section 8 Notices
  • Proof of Service of Notice

Tenants in Rent Arrears

  • Rent Arrears Letters
  • Strategies for dealing with rent arrears
  • Completing a Section 8 Notice
  • Issuing a Section 8 Notice

Maintenance and Repairs

  • Landlord Repair Obligations
  • Landlord Right of Entry
  • Maintenance and Repair Obligations
  • Electrical Safety
  • Section 11 Repairs

Managing Complaints against Landlords

  • Dealing with Complaints against Landlords
  • Litigation against Landlords
  • Tenants in Rent Arrears
  • Damage/Nuisance Breaches
  • Grounds for Possession
  • Ending the Tenancy
  • Eviction Notices
  • Unlawful Evictions

Landlords have an obligation to deal with breaches in an impartial manner. Firstly they must be seen to inform the Tenant of the breach and allow them reasonable time to remedy the situation. Only once the Tenant has failed to remedy the breach is the landlord eligible to pursue legal proceedings.

Ending a Tenancy

CSB Solicitors can provide Landlords with all the information required along with the all the Letters, Forms and Notices so you can end a Tenancy lawfully.
From serving of an Eviction Notice to the final act of the Bailiff removing a Tenant can take 3 to 5 months to regain possession of your property. It all depends how far you are down the Eviction process.

Only after you have issued the Tenant a Notice to quit and they have failed to comply with your wishes are you eligible to make an application to the courts for possession. If you have not served a Notice you cannot apply to court.

Deregulation Bill implemented 27th March 2015 this now redefines when and when not a Section 21 Notice may be used. By using CSB Solicitors, Landlords can avoid making common mistakes in this crucial part of the eviction process. Many Landlords serve a Section 21 Notice then two months later apply to court only to discover they are ineligible to evict their Tenants – Do not make the same mistake, give our specialist Housing Team a call to discuss your situation.