Housing

Adequate housing is a basic need now recognised through the 1998 Human Rights Act.

We can help with:

  • All forms of residential possession proceedings including mortgage repossession
  • Warrants of eviction
  • Claims arising from landlords duties to repair
  • Defending applications for Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions
  • Homelessness advice and appeals
  • Claims arising from unlawful eviction
  • Disputes over terms and conditions of tenancies
  • Rehousing and allocations
  • Housing Benefits disputes
  • Exclusions from Local Authority housing
  • Injunctions connected to harassment in the home

The legal framework governing rights and responsibilities is complex and we have an established track record in dealing with cases of all types and complexity. We act for both Tenants and Landlords at all levels providing practical advice and assistance. Legal Aid is still available for many housing matters.

Please contact our Housing team on 0191 275 2626 to discuss your case in more detail on a no obligation basis.

We offer appointments at our Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland offices.

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LANDLORDS

It can be hard work being a landlord. The law, rights and responsibilities are complicated and frequently changing. Our team of specialist Housing solicitors are here for you. We can advise you on the legal requirements when a tenancy first begins, including the law about tenancy deposits, through to the requirements when you want to end a tenancy. If you need expert advice on how to obtain possession of your property then we can help. Whether it’s rent arrears, problem tenants or any other reason we can advise you on your rights of possession and how to get it. The procedure is often complicated and mistakes can be costly in both time and money.

We can advise you on how to take the quickest course of action and can represent you in court proceedings when necessary. If you are facing a claim against you by a tenant then we can also assist. Timely advice at the very beginning of a legal claim can reap huge savings later down the line. So if your tenant says you’ve unlawfully evicted them or if they say there’s disrepair, we’re here to give expert guidance and represent your interests. We also offer competitive fixed fees where possible – ask about our fixed fee packages for service of notices, possession claims and applications for warrants.


TENANTS

Our team of Housing solicitors can advise you on your legal rights and represent you in court proceedings. We are committed to providing a high quality, efficient and caring service to our clients. We have a Legal Aid Agency contract to deliver specialist Housing advice and despite recent cuts Legal Aid is still available for tenants in relation to the following:

  • Possession Proceedings
  • Eviction
  • Notice Seeking Possession
  • Unlawful Eviction
  • Homelessness
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions
  • Injunctions connected to harassment in the home
  • Disrepair cases where there is a serious risk to health

We also offer competitive fixed fees, and in some matters conditional fee arrangements for those clients who do not qualify for Legal Aid or for those with housing problems which are no longer covered by Legal Aid.