Possession cases: From straightforward rent arrears possession cases, dealing with all types of residential occupation, including secure, assured and assured shorthold tenants to licences and non-secure occupiers, the department regularly secures Possession Orders to remove unlawful occupiers, sub-tenants, non occupiers and squatters. The team also deals with tenants who cause nuisance or harassment or breach other key provisions of their Tenancy Agreements, including obtaining tenancies by deception.
Harrassment, nuisance, anti social behaviour: The department is regularly instructed to bring possession proceedings to deal with tenants and other occupiers whose behaviour is disruptive and anti social towards neighbours, members of staff and contractors. We were the first firm in the country to obtain an ASBO for an RPL in the Magistrates' Court. The department has conducted cases which have been heavily defended, high profile and reported in the local and national press.
Injunctions: We regularly obtain Injunctions in the County Court, often "without notice", in twenty four hours and with Powers of Arrest granted in appropriate cases. Additionally, we are regularly instructed by a number of clients with high volume Injunction cases to secure access for gas servicing.
Disrepair and Dilapidations: We regularly defend claims for compensation brought by legally aided tenants under Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and in the Magistrates' Court under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. We understand the Legal Aid system and are always aware of the financial implications of this on RPs. Our advice is pro-active so that solutions are obtained.
Leasehold management: We deal with all forms of debt recovery against leaseholders and shared-owners, and also regularly serves Section 146 Notices and issues forfeiture proceedings. The firm offers specialist advice on rights of leaseholders such as enfranchisement, right of first refusal and Right to Manage.