If you’re a private landlord, our job is to make yours easier.
One property or an entire portfolio
Whether you have one property or an entire portfolio, whether it is your first time dealing with an issue or you have faced problem tenants before, we can advise on Tenancy Agreements, the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, service of Notices and the issue of proceedings. We provide clear advice on steps that you can take, the costs involved and how long the process might take.
We are well known in the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire Courts and have trusted agents to who represent our clients in cases further afield.
Dealing with problem tenants
Our team understands that when tenants cause problems this can have serious financial implications for landlords. Our advice is proactive and practical – we have a wealth of experience in resolving these issues and can advise on the best way forward for a landlord.
We regularly represent landlord clients in Court proceedings to recover possession of property (with or without recovery of rent arrears) and can advise on:
- Tenancy agreements / assured shorthold tenancy agreements – we can review template tenancy agreements to ensure that they serve your purpose or draft bespoke tenancy agreements on your behalf. We regularly assist buy-to-let clients in setting up tenancy agreements to use in their portfolios.
- Advice on the rent deposit scheme / tenancy deposit scheme / deposit protection – if you take a deposit this must be lodged with a statutory agency eg. Deposit Protection Service (DPS) and prescribed information served within 30 days. Failure to comply with these requirements can prevent you from serving a Notice and ending the tenancy and can also lead to the imposition of compensation payments of between 1 and 3 times the level of the deposit.
- Tenancy Deposit Scheme requirements (ie legal requirements for deposits)
- Section 8 Notices – these are used to obtain possession of a property on grounds such as non-payment of rent, breach of other tenancy terms or in certain circumstances when a landlord needs the property back.
- Section 21 Notices – these are used to obtain possession of a property on a no-fault basis. Landlords will need to comply with requirements such as service of an EPC, gas certificate and How to Rent Guide as well as ensuring any deposit is protected and the prescribed information is given before such a Notice can be validly served
- The issue of proceedings for possession and recovery of rent
- The issue of accelerated possession proceedings for property only
- Recovery of rent arrears
- Warrants for possession
- Landlord and Tenant Act
- The Housing Act
For hearings further afield we instruct agents and fully brief them to ensure our landlord clients achieve the result that they need.
Our fixed-fee packages allow you to control legal costs and to pick and choose those aspects of our services that you need in any given case. We always seek orders for the tenant to pay the landlord’s costs where it is possible to do so.