The rights and obligations of landlords and tenants are governed by some fairly complex legislation. If you find yourself in a dispute from either position, gaining reliable, factual information on where you stand is of definite importance. Whatever the problem, making a mistake can be costly and time consuming, so it is a good idea to ensure you know your rights and obligations swiftly when it occurs. Good property solicitors fully understand the legislation and can advise you on the right course of action promptly and economically.
- For the Landlord – A landlord is well advised to know the law when renting a property, from understanding legislation relating to tenancy deposits, through the tenancy and what represents maintenance and disrepair, up to finishing or terminating the agreement. If your tenant is in rent arrears or is causing trouble, you need to ensure you follow exactly the correct path to avoid doing something illegal. Correct procedures can be complicated and mistakes can end up costing far more than the price of using a professional. You need the right advice to find the correct and swiftest solution.
- For the Tenant –Tenants also have rights and obligations under the law. If you, as a tenant, have an issue with your landlord, or he has one with you, it is again a sensible idea to make sure you understand your rights. From problems with poor or inadequate maintenance, it is important to know where the law stands. When for instance is the house considered in a state of disrepair? How can a landlord evict you and what defence do you have against such? When you are in breach of your tenancy agreement, getting professional advice swiftly, may be the difference between you keeping and losing your home. Legal Aid is still available for some housing issues, so it is always worth checking out.
- In general –While the legislation in housing law and property conveyancing from the North East of England to the South West remains the same, local solicitors are well equipped to deal with all aspects, including possible local interpretations, which may vary slightly from area to area. A good firm will listen to your case and discuss it with you a no obligation basis. Cost is the biggest concern for many people thinking about employing a lawyer, so choose a firm that are clear on this from the start and guarantee no hidden fees.
- Choosing the right one – It is important that the advice you get helps you to determine the best course of action including whether or not it is likely to be worthwhile proceeding, before you start to incur costs. Look for a firm that offers you contact details for out of office hours emergencies and who will explain to you, often complicated issues in ways that are simple to understand.
As with many things, especially when it comes to the law, experience is always best, so look for a firm that has been around for a number of years and a good reputation. Always worth checking if they have a no win, no fee option too.