We also help beleaguered social tenants with housing disrepair claims against Local Authorities and large Housing Associations. These claims usually entail getting the landlord to repair mould, damp and leaks suffered in the clients property and obtaining compensation for the distress and inconvenience suffered by them.
Our expertise in Social Housing means we are perfectly placed to help those that need assistance. As we have Legal Aid and Legal Help status we can support those that need help most but cannot afford advice.
As well as assisting tenants, our excellent and experienced Housing Solicitors are fully dedicated and keen on helping private landlords/letting agents in connection with any claim brought against them by tenants and Local Authorities. This ranges from possession claims to alleged illegal evictions or disrepair claims
At Farani Taylor Solicitors, we aim to act for landlords/letting agents in the best way and the most cost-effective way possible. Acting for both landlord and tenants makes us best placed to bring about a quick solution to the problem that you as a landlord or letting agent may be up against in terms of pursuing your tenant/s for rent arrears, breach of any other terms of tenancy, or defending an alleged unlawful eviction claim or disrepair claim.
Our dedicated, experienced, and professional Solicitors can also help you defend any claim including a claim for breach of Licencing Law that may be brought against you by the Local Council.
A homelessness review, appeal, or judicial review is when a decision made by a local housing authority or housing association has failed to consider the lawfulness or inaction of that decision.
It is irrelevant the outcome reached but whether they used the correct application of the law and procedure to make that decision.
Housing disrepair is a problem that almost all tenants can experience in both social housing and privately let accommodation.
It can be very disruptive if a landlord has declined or simply ignored to carry out remedial works or failed to maintain the property in a suitable condition. Something that he is legally required to do so under Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and/or terms of the tenancy.
We understand the impact of such failure on a tenant and their family members, particularly if someone is already suffering from medical condition that can be exacerbated by the condition of the dwelling.
At Farani Taylor Solicitors, we can help you solve any disrepair issues. This includes following the Housing Disrepair Pre-Action Protocol procedure and providing representation for you at Court.
Our aim is to legally compel the landlord to fix the fault as well as pursuing them for damages where applicable. The team’s track record of success speaks for itself and they can help.
Please also check out our page for Housing Disrepair we have listed out the step-by-step process for making housing disrepair claims and other detailed information.
Our experience tells us that there are landlords and letting agents who sometimes try to cut corners and evict tenants from their properties without first obtaining a possession order and notice of eviction.
Under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, it is unlawful to evict a tenant who has a tenancy agreement without a court order. There are tenants who occupy properties on the basis of a licence or lodger agreements which do not attract the same security of tenure. However, even if you are occupying a property based on a licence or lodger agreement, there is no harm in seeking legal advice as you might be covered under the Act.
If it is proven that a landlord has unlawfully evicted you from a rented property, you may be entitled to damages under the Act. It is also possible (provided that you want to move back in to the property) to apply to the court for an injunction order requiring them to allow you back into the property. If the landlord has seized your personal possessions, you could also apply to the court for the delivery up of those possessions.
If your local housing authority or social landlord has issued proceedings in the County Court for an Injunction Order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, our dedicated team can assist you in defending the case all the way including the final hearing subject to merit assessment.
In addition, we can represent you in the County Court in respect of an application for committal on the basis of an alleged disobedience of a Court Order that is instigated by the local housing authority or social landlord against you.
Our excellent team of housing solicitors have a fantastic track record of successfully defending the proceedings named above. Therefore, if and when such proceedings are issued against you and you require assistance, you are welcome to contact us. Where there are weaknesses in your case, we will advise you accordingly so that you can make a sound decision before the matter is escalated any further.
Under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, if someone is harassed, intimidated, verbally abused or threatened can apply to the County Court for a Civil Injunction Order against the perpetrator.
In our experience, this is quite common place among neighbours and the dispute can arise from anything ranging from complaining about a neighbour placing/throwing their rubbish in your driveway/garden to having serious arguments concerning excessive noise during the day and throughout the night which effectively deprives you of your quiet enjoyment of your home.
Breach of an Injunction Order can be enforced by way of Committal Proceedings. So, if a person fails to comply with the terms of the Order, you can ask the court to send him/her to prison for up to two years.
If you have a problem such as the above, we can help you reach a resolution for you either by writing to the perpetrator or to apply to the Court for a Civil Injunction Order. Our experienced team of Housing Solicitors have successfully assisted many clients in the past and so their expertise in this area will definitely help you.
If you are looking for further information please also check out here for Civil Injunctions and Neighbor Disputes.
There are various options open for a case to be funded. We will discuss this with you in more details once we have discussed your case with you. However, the followings are the ways in which we may be able to assist you.
At Farani Taylor Solicitors, we can provide you with Legal Aid in respect of Crime, Family and Housing (Housing incudes Possession Proceedings under Section 8 or Section 21, Homelessness Review/Appeal, Unlawful Eviction, Disrepair brought as a counterclaim in Section 8 proceedings (i.e. rent arrears)).
In addition, under our Civil Legal Aid Contract, we can also assist you with regards to many other arrears of law including but not limited to Civil Injunction, Committal Proceedings, Anti-Social Behaviour, Housing Disrepair as a stand Alone Claim provided it causes serious harm to individual’s health and Judicial Review/Appeal.
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