LANDLORD AND TENANT DISPUTE

HGA Solicitors represents landlords and tenants in a variety of residential property disputes. Our priority is finding solutions for clients while keeping costs to a minimum.

With each new case, HGA  Legal Services finds creative solutions to address the problem. We take the time to fully understand each party’s viewpoint, adapting our strategy to the circumstances we are dealing with. We use our expertise in housing and property law to obtain effective resolutions that work to prevent future court actions. Where appropriate, we will negotiate or suggest alternative dispute resolution. If more aggression is needed, we will take the necessary steps.

 COMMON BREACHES OF TENANCY:

  • Damage to the property
  • Rent arrears
  • Nuisance and antisocial behaviour
  • Unlawful subletting and occupation, assignment or overcrowding of the property
  • Erection of illegal structures in gardens or on the building such as unauthorised satellite dishes

HOUSING ADVICE:

We offer a full range of specialist housing services including

  • Homelessness
  • Possession and eviction matters
  • Disrepair
  • Unlawful eviction and judicial review
  • Tenancy Deposit Protection

We regularly work with local councils – Newham Council, Redbridge Council, Barking & Dagenham Council, Havering and Waltham Forest Council – in securing assistance for our clients in those area.

BENEFITS ADVICE :

Everybody needs a home and some people are entitled to help from their local authority in finding one. HGA Solicitors provides information on Local Housing Allowance and Benefit.

PROPERTY LICENSING:

Some privately rented properties need to be licensed to protect the health, safety and welfare of tenants.

What happens if I don’t have a license?

There are strict penalties for this offence if convicted:

Landlords convicted of operating unlicensed HMOs may be subject to a fine in excess of £20 000. You may be served with a Rent Repayment Order requiring you to repay up to 12 months rental income. You may also be restricted in the action you can take to regain possession of your property from the tenants.

What are the fees of local authorities?

The licence application fee is £500.

Licensing applies to all residential rented properties.

HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMO) 

There are two types of licences, mandatory and additional.

What is an HMO?

‘HMO’ stands for a House in Multiple Occupation. However, it does not have to be a house, it can be a building or part of a building if:

  • It is used for living accommodation
  • By more than two people
  • Who are not part of the same family?
  • Who share one or more basic amenities (bath/shower, WC or kitchen?)
  • And pay rent

Properties that have been converted into self-contained flats without Building Regulation approval may also be classed as HMOs.

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