Our team advises and represents landlords, lessees (including groups of lessees) and managers in relation to leasehold management issues. Our background is in dispute resolution, advisory work, and litigation rather than conveyancing. We are therefore well equipped to deal with non-routine matters, particularly contentious issues. In addition to covering the entire range of residential tenant and landlord matters we also provide advice on related company law issues, for instance, the removal of directors.
Issues on which we often advise include the following:-
• Acquisition of freeholds and the right of first refusal
• Regulated tenants
• Service charges
• Lease extensions (also incidental professional negligence claims in relation to errors in notices and failure to take proceedings in time)
• Right to manage and the appointment of managers
• Unlawful sub-letting
• Unlawful alterations
With respect to remedies and litigation we have experience of dealing with claims for forfeiture and relief from forfeiture and applications to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and the Court. We enjoy close and long-standing association with the property bar.
One of the first issues that ought to be addressed while tackling a serious management issue is the funding of legal advice and representation and in particular if costs are recoverable through the service charge. We provide our clients with a range of costs solutions, which include fixed and conditional fees.