Residential Landlord and Tenant Dispute Resolution Solicitors

The relationship between landlords and tenants does not always run smoothly and, when problems arise, it can make life very difficult for both parties. Landlord-tenant disputes can be time-consuming, expensive and frustrating to deal with, but the right legal advice and representation often makes it possible to get a positive outcome swiftly, amicably and cost-effectively.

Our specialist Long Leasehold 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 gain the best possible outcome.

With expertise across all areas of property law, including property disputes, we can provide seasoned advice and the carefully tailored approach required to get the result you need in a way that reflects your priorities and concerns. We can also provide proactive advice on avoiding future disputes, saving you time, money and effort in future.

We can help with all types of landlord-tenant disputes, including:

  • 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
  • Property dispute resolution
  • Resolution of service charge disputes including LVT 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 of first refusal where the landlord seeks to dispose of the freehold
  • Tenants exercising their rights to obtain a lease extension
  • Tenants exercising their right to manage their building
  • Tenants exercising their right to buy their freehold (collective enfranchisement)

Speak to our landlord and tenant dispute resolution team now

To find out more about how we can help you get the outcome you need for a dispute with a landlord or tenant, please contact your local Griffith Smith office in Brighton or Hassocks.

Or you can get in touch by email or using our simple online enquiry form.

How we can help you get the right outcome for your landlord-tenant dispute

Clear advice on your legal position

The first step in any dispute is to get a firm understanding of where you stand. Our team will talk through your circumstances with you and review your tenancy agreement and any other relevant documentation. We can then explain your legal position with reference to the terms of the tenancy and relevant legislation.

Once your legal position is clear, we will explain your options, including specific actions we can take to help resolve the matters, as well as the likely timescales and costs involved.

Seeking an early resolution for your dispute

Often these disputes can be resolved quickly and cost-effectively by our team contacting the other party involved and explaining your legal position, the outcome you are seeking and the actions you are prepared to take if a satisfactory conclusion cannot be reached.

We will be happy to draft a ‘letter before action’ for you, making all of these points clear, and handle any further correspondence and negotiations with the other party that are needed to achieve a resolution.

Alternative dispute resolution

Where the dispute is more complicated or the other party rejects your initial attempts to resolve the matter, we can advise you on your options for securing an amicable settlement of the matter where possible.

Our dispute resolution solicitors are highly skilled in negotiation and various alternative dispute resolution options, and our team includes a trained mediator. We can typically secure an outcome that meets your requirements without the need for court proceedings.

This approach can save you a lot of time, legal costs and unnecessary conflict, allowing you to maintain or repair the landlord-tenant relationship where you wish to continue the tenancy going forward.

Court proceedings

In those cases where an amicable solution cannot be agreed, or such an approach is not suitable, we can offer experienced advice and robust representation for pursuing the matter through the court.

Our team can advise you on the relevant options, including seeking or fighting an eviction where matters have reached that stage. Should you need to attend a court hearing, we will ensure your case is prepared effectively and that you have the very best representation.

Speak to our landlord and tenant dispute resolution solicitors today

For clear, expert advice on resolving a landlord-tenant dispute, please contact our property dispute resolution solicitors in Brighton and Hassocks.

Meet our landlord and tenant disputes team

For more information please contact a member of our team


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