How can we help?
We have specialised in providing practical and cutting edge legal advice to the housing sector since the early 1970s. Councils, Registered Providers of social housing (RPs) and private landlords of all sizes rely on our leading Housing Management department to advise on all aspects of their housing management. Every case we tackle and every piece of advice we give strengthens the foundation upon which our expertise is built, and it is this know-how that our clients benefit from and the reason we maintain such long running relationships with them.
Our Specific Expertise
We work with over 200 RPs, regularly advising members of the G15 as well as acting for a number of Local Authorities in England and Wales, Arms-Length Management Organisations (ALMOs), Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs), Housing Co-operatives and estate management boards. We also handle an increasing amount of work in the leasehold field for both commercial and residential properties. Examples of the type of work our legal expertise covers include:
- Possession claims for breach of tenancy, suitable alternative accommodation, loss of security of tenure.
- Anti-social behaviour enforcement and nuisance problems.
- Disrepair and dilapidations claims.
- Tenancy fraud including unlawful subletting and succession.
- Squatter proceedings.
- Boundary disputes.
- Accelerated possession proceedings.
- Gas safety and general access injunctions.
- Statutory nuisance.
- Leasehold disputes.
- Judicial Review.
Having detailed our extensive litigation experience it is important to note that we also understand that taking legal action is a last resort due to the cost and time involved. As such, we recognise the benefit of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and promote mediation as a flexible and speedy means of reaching agreement where appropriate.
In addition to our contentious practice we also provide non-contentious advice on a regular basis. This work includes high level strategic advice and drafting of tenancies and policies.
We keep our clients up to date with the law by providing regular training sessions and seminars covering all aspects of housing and leasehold management and updates in the ever changing laws in this area. We also hold general advice surgeries for our clients to address any queries they have about particular matters they are dealing with internally.
In addition to providing regular training for our clients in the social housing sector we also cater for those landlords providing privately rented tenancies. We have a bespoke LandlordPLUS service to provide comprehensive support to landlords in the private rented sector as well as managing and letting agents.
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Nick Billingham heads our team of 20 specialist housing lawyers, and has been recognised in both the Chambers UK Legal Directory and Legal 500 for the past eight years. Described as “knowledgeable, engaging and reassuring to work with,” Nick ensures our team are always on hand to deliver straightforward and pragmatic advice.
The rest of the team are all highly trained in the field and well regarded by clients and peers alike. We have fee earners of various levels of qualification and this allows us to cater for every type of instruction we receive as well as appropriately manage the costs.
Our clients use us as they would their own in-house lawyers and to accommodate this we ensure we are on always hand to provide responsive advice as and when our clients need it. We have a large team which means that we are able to act quickly and take on an urgent matter at the drop of a hat.
Anti-Social Behaviour Enforcement & Nuisance • Commercial Possession Proceedings • Court of Protection • Data Protection • Debt Recovery • Dilapidations and Disrepair • Domestic Violence • Freedom of Information • Gas Safety • General Landlord and Tenant Disputes • Injunction Proceedings • Judicial Review • LandlordPLUS • Leasehold, Rent Arrears & Costs Recovery • Mediation • Nuisance • Older Persons • Party Walls • Policies, Agreements and Procedure • Possession Claims • Property Litigation • Residential Possession Proceedings • Service Charge Disputes • Shared Ownership • Squatters • Stock Transfers & Stock Rationalisation • Tenancy Fraud & Subletting
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