Painters provide an outstanding service for both Landlords and Tenants. We act for a variety of clients and easily cater for each client’s individual needs. We advise on a range of issues including Tenancy Agreements, the requirements of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, service of Notices, issuing or defending Possession Proceedings, recovering rent arrears, assisting Tenants with rehousing needs etc. Therefore whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant experiencing any difficulty, we will provide you with clear legal advice and guidance.
If you are becoming a Landlord we will assist to ensure that you are providing the correct Tenancy Agreement and to advise you upon the different types of Tenancy Agreements so that you are well equipped to decide which is best for you.
The law states that it is the responsibility of a Landlord to keep the structure and exterior of the property in good repair and to keep the equipment for the supply of gas, electricity, heating, water and sanitation in good repair. The accommodation must have a valid Gas Safety Certificate where appropriate.
If a Tenancy Agreement is granted after the 6th April 2007, Landlords are legally obliged to place any deposit received from a Tenant into a Government recognised Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme. Strict rules apply to Tenancy Deposits and certain information must be provided to Tenants in relation to where deposit monies are held. Failure to adhere to these regulations may result in a Court ordering payment of compensation to a Tenant up to three times the amount of the deposit.
When bringing a Tenancy to an end there are strict rules which must be followed depending upon the type of Tenancy and the reasons that you as a Landlord require the Tenancy to come to an end. The appropriate Notice of seeking possession of property must be served upon a Tenant, providing sufficient notice.
A Tenant cannot be forcefully evicted without an Order from the Court. We can advise on the types of possession proceedings available to Landlords in order to bring a Tenancy to an end and secure a Possession Order from the Court.
As a Tenant you are protected by law from being unlawfully evicted and there are specific procedures that a Landlord must follow before they can lawfully regain possession of the property from you. Any deposit which you pay must be included within a Government backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme and you should be provided with details of which Scheme your deposit is held in. They ensure that you will get your deposit back if you meet the terms of your Tenancy Agreement, do not damage the property and pay all of your rent and bills. They can assist with any dispute relating to the return of deposits held. If your Landlord does not comply with these strict regulations then you may be able to make a claim for compensation against them.
If you receive Notices or Court proceedings relating to your Tenancy then you should obtain immediate advice as to the validity of those Notices and Court proceedings as you may have a defence or indeed may be able to negotiate an agreement with your Landlord allowing you to remain in the property.
In the event that possession cannot be prevented then we can provide advice and assistance in relation to your rehousing requirements.
Contact Gillian Watkins for further assistance on any of the above issues