The relationship between landlord and tenant is governed by contract and is often complex. Both the Courts and Parliament act to try to prevent unscrupulous conduct by any party. Where there are instances of questionable behaviour, there is also an opportunity to seek professional advice to ensure the best course of action for you as a tenant or landlord of a commercial or residential property.
How property lawyers can be useful
There may come a time when issues concerning the property that you own or inhabit escalate to a point where you no longer feel able to resolve the matter yourself. You may also think that before any matter is raised with either the landlord or tenant, you could benefit from advice to understand your options.
These situations present an opportunity to talk to specialist property lawyers who will take time to understand your position, the nuances that exist in your case and help you to identify the best option. This is particularly important because often in these situations there is a lot at stake, whether it’s money or the place you live in or run your business from.
What disputes can arise?
When dealing with residential or commercial properties, there’s potential for a broad range of matters to arise and specialist lawyers will be able to support with areas such as:
- Non-payment of rent
- Relief from forfeiture
- Termination/ renewal of business tenancies under the Landlord & Tenant Act
- Rent reviews
- Break clauses
- Restrictive covenants
- Party Wall Acts
- Service charges
- Termination of tenancies under the Housing Acts using Section 8 and 21 Notices
- Contentious business lease renewals
- Disrepair and Dilapidations claims
- Boundary and neighbourhood disputes including rights of way, rights of light and party wall
- Contractual disputes
- Insolvency and bankruptcy (commercial and residential)
- Building, construction and engineering disputes
- Drafting tenancy agreements
How our specialists at GSC Solicitors can help resolve a property dispute
To support tenants, landlords, developers, property management firms etc. in managing a dispute it’s essential to be clear on priorities. We can then consider the potential dispute resolution options available to create a clear path forward.
In all situations, the desire will be to resolve matters cost-effectively and efficiently. Alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, can help achieve this, but when necessary, support is provided throughout any court proceedings.
From nationwide property entities to individual private landlords, and for corporate and individual tenants including tenants in the private rental sector, our residential and commercial property solicitors at GSC use their specialist knowledge and vast experience to support clients on all aspects of residential and commercial matters.
If you have an issue that you would like to speak to one of our team of specialists about, please contact us today.