Landlord and Tenant Solicitors
If your tenant is looking to operate a break clause, assign their lease, sublet their premises, carry out alterations or works, or renew their lease, Slee Blackwell’s commercial property solicitors can assist. Similarly, if you are a tenant of commercial premises and are looking to do any of the same, our lawyers will be happy to advise.
Not all landlords and tenants are good terms, of course. Our commercial disputes solicitors can advise on a range of landlord and tenant problems, including broken leases, rent arrears and breach of repair covenants. There are usually a number of remedies available to the innocent party in these disputes, so you need to make sure you are taking the best one.
The best time to plan for a landlord and tenant dispute, of course, is before you enter into the lease. Because our property solicitors have experience of dealing with disputes, they know how to protect you against potential problems before they arise. A good example is the operation of the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act; if the landlord does not have the right declarations and documents in place before the lease is entered into, they can often be forced to keep the tenant on after the lease has ended.
We have lawyers who can assist in resolving commercial property disputes, and in making sure you do not find yourself in difficulties in the first place. We are able to provide clear legal advice and assistance in respect of all landlord and tenant disputes arising out of your letting whether it be on a breach of a covenant, a right to terminate, recovery of rent or infringement of easements.
Being a residential landlord is not a straightforward undertaking, especially if you are unfortunate enough to encounter a delinquent tenant. It is quite easy for a tenant with little to lose to drag out an eviction for many months, paying no rent in the meantime. Slee Blackwell’s landlord and tenant solicitors can advise on the removal of tenants under s21 and s8 procedures. We can advise on the prospects of recovering possession, draft and serve notices, apply to court for an order for possession, represent you in the local courts and arrange for bailiffs to attend for an eviction.
Our tenancy lawyers can also prepare assured shorthold tenancy agreements and advise landlords on their powers and duties; tenancy deposits, repair, gas and electrical safety can all catch the unwary landlord out.
There are bad landlords as well as bad tenants, of course, and Slee Blackwell’s specialist landlord and tenant solicitors can also assist residential tenants faced with harassment, unlawful eviction or looking to recover unprotected deposits.