Contact us on
020 8768 7000

Housing Management

Batchelors' Housing Management Department has an unrivalled reputation within the Social Housing sector and has been acting for Social Landlords for over 75 years. At present, we act for approximately 60 Registered Providers and our cross-disciplinary team boasts an enviable proactive presence within the sector.

We offer highly competitive charges and fixed fees, regular topical training seminars, bespoke Housing Law training, regular free in-house publications and legal updates and direct access to specialists at all times.

We are proud to have once again been ranked in Tier 1 in the Chambers UK 2017 Guide for Social Housing (The South), as well as receiving a Top Tier ranking for Social Housing (South East) in the Legal 500 UK 2016 edition, with several members of our Housing Management team recognised as Notable Practitioners. Here's what our clients and the Legal Directories say about us:

Andrew Harmer has a wealth of experience in social housing matters and is described as "commercial to deal with." He is a particular expert in housing litigation and also sits as a Deputy District Judge.

The "personable, approachable and very knowledgeable" Thaine Wilson is experienced in a range of social housing matters including housing disputes. One source says: "In terms of client care, he's a great personality. He is bright and proactive."

Mary Martil is noted for her leasehold management work and handling of "legally complex stuff." She is also recognised for her long-standing experience in the social housing sector.

 

Services

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 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.

 

 


batchelors-logo

Contact us on
020 8768 7000