The legal aspects of letting or renting a property can be quite complex and mistakes in this area can lead to disputes between a landlord and tenant which can often result in unnecessary expense on both sides. Some of the common problems that we encounter are:
- No written tenancy agreement
- No record of what rent is due and what has been paid
- No record of the condition of the property at the outset of the tenancy
- Not complying with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)
- Sending a written letter to give 2 months’ notice instead of a Section 21 notice
- Issuing a flawed Section 8 notice with insufficient detail
- Constantly contacting the tenant about arrears, exposing the landlord to a possible harassment claim
- Not adequately maintaining the property and fixing faults
A well drafted tenancy agreement can help to avoid some of these problems occurring and the Dispute Resolution team at TSP has a wealth of experience advising both residential landlords and tenants in avoiding disputes. However, for those who find themselves in dispute, whether through a disagreement about repairs, rent arrears or the condition of a property at the end of a tenancy, the team can help and advise. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, additional useful information can be found on the pages detailed below.
The team encounter many situations where landlords have not served notices to end an assured shorthold tenancy correctly and therefore struggle to gain possession of their property at the end of a tenancy. The team advise both landlords and managing agents on best practice in serving notices and how to avoid the associated pitfalls through good practice and procedures.
Getting it right the first time can save a lot of time, energy and expense and the TSP Dispute Resolution team are here to help. Contact them here.