Residential landlords solicitors

Whatever the size of your property portfolio, all residential landlords need legal advice at some stage. At Stephensons, we have a dedicated team of expert solicitors who specialise in representing residential landlords. Our residential landlord client base ranges from portfolio owners to housing association and local authorities. We also advise and assist letting agents and their clients alike.

We can advise on issues including the drafting of a tenancy agreement, advice in relation to housing disrepair, advising and assisting in relation to evicting a tenant and recovering rent arrears or advising on the law in relation to unlawful eviction.

Our expert solicitors provide advice to landlords on all areas of landlord and tenant law speak to a member of the team on 0203 816 9303.

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Why choose Stephensons?

As a residential landlord it is important to consider all eventualities, to prevent problems with tenants from arising. If problems do arise, our experts can offer a range of solutions to solve the problem as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

At Stephensons, we understand that cost saving is important to our clients. As a result, we offer a fixed-fee package to suit the needs of a residential landlord whilst at the same time providing an unrivalled level of service.

Advising landlords - areas of specialism

  • Tenancy agreements
  • Rent deposits 
  • Evicting tenants
  • Unlawful eviction
  • Housing disrepair
  • Landlord responsibilities
  • Residential Landlords Guide - Landlord Responsibilities

    Louise Hebborn offers guidance on the issues landlords need to consider when renting out a property.

    Louise discusses landlord responsibilities including guidance on managing deposits and disrepair. 

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Residential landlord - FAQs

How can I regain possession of my property?

This will depend on what type of tenant they are. Dependant upon the above, the correct notice in accordance with their tenancy agreement will need to be drafted and served.

Once the notice has been correctly served and the relevant time period expired, if the tenants remain in the property, a claim form for possession will need to be issued, and a court order for possession obtained to lawfully remove any tenants.

If they still remain after the expiry of the date for possession on the court order a Warrant for Eviction will need to be applied for and a bailiff instructed to lawfully remove the tenants.

How quickly can I regain possession of my property?

This again will depend on the type of tenancy agreement they hold and the reason for ending the tenancy, there are different rules, notices and notice periods according to the tenancy circumstances.

How much will it cost to remove my tenants?

Stephensons offers a bespoke fixed fee package tailored to suit individual needs.

Can I just change the locks?

No. To lawfully remove a tenant a court order for possession needs to be obtained and the date for possession expired before applying for a warrant for eviction. If granted a bailiff from the court will then attend the property and lawfully remove the tenant.

Do I have to pay for the property to be repaired?

This depends upon the repairs required. Generally speaking, as a landlord you are responsible for repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, sinks, baths and sanitary installations within the property. You are also responsible for boilers and heating within the property. It is wise to inspect the property and ensure any repairs are carried out promptly. 

Can I claim back the outstanding rent arrears and obtain possession?

Yes, by applying for possession on the grounds of breach of tenancy you can ask the court to make an order for possession together with requesting judgment be awarded in your favour for the outstanding arrears.

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Thank you so much for your help and support with this matter. I have been a landlady for 14 years but this was my first experience with court actions and an eviction order and must admit it all felt a bit intimidating. Therefore, it was so appreciated to have the guidance and assistance to ensure the correct process.
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