Property Dispute Solicitors

Whether you are a tenant, occupier or landlord, our track record of resolving disputes is exemplary. Our team of experts is dedicated to obtaining a wholly satisfying result in a timely and professional manner.

We regularly advise individuals across Sussex and the South East on a wide variety of property disputes. Our expertise includes:

  • Access to neighbouring land
  • Adverse possession
  • Boundaries
  • Breaches of lease/tenancy
  • Covenants
  • Dilapidations
  • Disputes between neighbours
  • Forfeiture
  • Nuisance
  • Party walls
  • Possession proceedings
  • Rent arrears
  • Rights of way
  • Service charges
  • Shorthold tenancies
  • Trespass

To find out more please give us a call at your local branch in Brighton or Hassocks, contact us by email or complete our online enquiry form.

Why choose Griffith Smith for your property dispute?

We understand how stressful facing a property dispute can be. The issue likely concerns  your home or a valuable investment so the stakes will be high for you. We aim to address all property disputes swiftly, tailoring our advice specifically to suit your requirements and desired outcome.

We can help you find the best possible resolution in the circumstances and handle all legal aspects of the matter, such as drafting settlement agreements or conducting court proceedings on your behalf.

We can offer you:

  • A free initial consultation
  • Decades of combined experience
  • A personal service tailored to suit your individual needs

 Alternative Dispute Resolution

We are proud to help the vast majority of our clients resolve their property dispute without the need for court proceedings, saving you considerable time, stress and expense.

In our experience, a firm letter from a solicitor is often all it takes to engage someone in settlement discussions. We approach property dispute negotiations strategically with the aim of producing a positive result quickly and cost-effectively.

Court proceedings

In the event that settlement discussions are unsuccessful, we are also highly skilled at representing clients during court proceedings. We regularly bring and defend claims and counter-claims on behalf of individuals and businesses, ensuring that all your interests are properly presented in the best light.

Our property dispute expertise

Our expertise includes (but is not limited to):

 Neighbour disputes

Living in close proximity to your neighbours can often lead to disputes escalating and becoming particularly unpleasant and awkward. We can assist with all types of neighbour disputes, including:

  • Party wall disputes and boundary disputes
  • Noise nuisance
  • Other types of nuisance, including smells and pollution
  • Fly tipping
  • Planning issues, such as proposed extensions on your land or planned structures that will disturb your enjoyment of your property
  • Right to light issues
  • Access disputes and rights of way
  • Overhanging trees
  • Parking disputes

We aim to take a non-confrontational approach to neighbour disputes in full appreciation that you will likely have to continue living very close to them. We can talk you through all your options, expertly negotiate on your behalf, and (where appropriate) advise on taking legal action.

 Leasehold disputes

We advise both residential and commercial landlords and tenants on a wide range of long leasehold related issues, including:

  • Rent arrears
  • Possession proceedings and evictions
  • Ground rent and service charge disputes
  • Forfeiture
  • Dilapidations and repairs
  • Subletting and assignment disputes
  • Breach of lease
  • Breach of covenant
  • Leasehold extension and collective enfranchisement disputes

Landlord and tenant disputes 

Maintaining a positive relationship with your landlord or tenant is important but often tricky. For the landlord, the rental property represents a significant investment and source of income, for the tenant, the property is their home. Understanding and balancing the needs and expectations of both parties is key to finding positive solutions to disputes.

Seeking advice at an early stage in a dispute can save a lot of time and even preserve the relationship. We can help you navigate all types of landlord-tenant disputes, including:

  • Rent arrears
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Anti-social behaviour and nuisance
  • Unauthorised sub-letting
  • Deposit disputes
  • Possession proceedings and evictions

Trespass, squatting, and adverse possession

From someone using your land as an unauthorised ‘right of way’, to private rented tenants refusing to leave your property at the end of their tenancy, to unknown people squatting in your property, we can assist with a broad range of trespass, squatting and adverse possession matters.

We can provide advice on regaining possession of your property and/or establish the extent of any rights of access as well as promoting your legal property rights.

Speak to our property dispute solicitors today

To find out more please give us a call at your local branch in Brighton or Hassocks, contact us by email or complete our online enquiry form.

For more information please contact a member of our team





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