Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Our specialist litigation team has extensive experience of acting for both landlords and tenants in the potentially stressful area of property dispute resolution. It is vital to instruct solicitors who genuinely have your interests at heart and will work to achieve the best possible outcome.

We can help with:

  • Applications to the First-tier Property Tribunal in relation to the variation of leases
  • Applications for the appointment or a manager or for an acquisition order in the case of poor management by the landlord
  • Freehold management advice, including the interpretation of leases and advice on general management
  • Resolution of service charge disputes, including First-tier Property Tribunal and Court proceedings
  • The consultation process for major works under s.20 and s.20ZA of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985
  • Tenants exercising their rights to obtain a lease extension
  • Tenants exercising their right to buy their freehold (collective enfranchisement)
  • Tenants exercising their right to manage their building
  • Tenants exercising their rights of first refusal where the landlord seeks to dispose of the freehold

Speak to our landlord and tenant dispute solicitors in Sussex now

To find out more about how our landlord and tenant disputes solicitors can help you with a property dispute, please contact your local Griffith Smith office in Brighton or Hassocks.

You can also contact our team by email or use our online enquiry form.

Our landlord and tenant dispute resolution expertise

Property management disputes

Unsatisfactory property management can be stressful, problematic, and potentially dangerous for tenants, especially where safety issues are concerned. It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure management of a property is properly carried out.

We have experience of working with clients using methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation where the parties involved, their solicitors and a neutral mediator will work together to reach a solution that everyone is satisfied with. If mediation or another type of ADR method does not find a solution, our solicitors can support you through court proceedings.

Freehold management advice

Our solicitors have in-depth knowledge of the legalities surrounding freehold management. We can provide advice on the general management of freeholds as well as the interpretation of leases. We will break down all of the key legal points so that you completely understand your obligations as a landlord.

Service charge disputes

Service charge disputes can occur when a flat owner feels they are paying too much for the service they are receiving.

Our service charge disputes solicitors can assist flat owners in recovering service charges and landlords facing such a claim. We have years of combined experience helping clients both outside of court and through methods of ADR. Where ADR is not possible, we will be your advocates in court proceedings.

Major works consultations

Where major works are to be carried out on a property (where the cost will exceed £250 per flat), landlords are required to consult with flat owners under sections 20 and 20ZA of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

Our solicitors have helped many landlords over the years with major works consultation and can support our clients by providing major works planning advice, handling the flat owner consultation process, securing contributions, and assisting in gaining dispensation from consultation.

Lease extensions

The extension of a flat lease can be a complicated process, and there are numerous important considerations to weigh up to ascertain the best way to proceed.

Our landlord and tenant disputes solicitors are highly experienced in this area and will provide clear, practical advice to assist with both voluntary and statutory lease extensions.

Collective enfranchisement

Most blocks of residential flats qualify to be purchased by the flat owners in what is known as an enfranchisement claim.

Our landlord and tenant disputes solicitors can act for flat owners in making enfranchisement claims and for landlords in responding to them.

Tenants’ right of first refusal

When a landlord wishes to sell their interest in a block of flats, they are likely to be obliged to offer it first to the flat owners. It is wise to obtain legal assistance at the outset as complications can arise.

Our lawyers can advise landlords and flat owners of their rights and obligations in this complex area of law.

Right to manage

Where a self-contained block of flats is not being managed properly, or if flat owners simply want to take control of management for themselves, they are likely to be entitled to exercise the statutory “Right to Manage”.

Our landlord and tenant disputes solicitors can act for flat owners in making Right to Manage claims and for landlords in responding to them.

Variation of leases

Where the tenant and/or the landlord believe the terms of the lease need to be amended or changed, an agreement can be made and swiftly handled by a solicitor. However, where the parties are not in agreement, there may be scope to have the lease varied by the First-tier Property Tribunal.

Our solicitors have helped many tenants with First-tier Property Tribunal applications where their landlords have not agreed to the lease variation. We recognise this might be a daunting prospect, and that’s why we always provide practical guidance and advice in plain English, so you are fully aware of the process throughout.

How we deal with landlord-tenant disputes

To ensure disputes are swiftly resolved without any additional escalation or long-term issues, early intervention is essential. Our expert landlord and tenant disputes solicitors will assist in deescalating landlord and tenant disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner, with minimum disruption and stress for you.

Our team of solicitors will provide clear, realistic landlord and tenant disputes advice you can trust by using constructive methods of ADR, removing the need for contentious court proceedings. However, where it is not possible to resolve outside of court, we will provide practical guidance and aim to achieve the best possible outcome for your interests.

Speak to our landlord and tenant disputes solicitors in Sussex now

If you are experiencing a landlord and tenant dispute and you would like to discuss the matter with one of our expert lawyers, please contact your local Griffith Smith office in Brighton or Hassocks.

For more information on tenant and landlord disputes, please contact a member of our team.

For more information please contact a member of our team


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