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Housing Public Law Solicitors

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Our housing solicitors have plenty of experience helping tenants hold landlords, councils and other local authorities to account when it comes to matters of public law.

Everyone has the right to suitable accommodation, and should your rights be challenged, our team of specialists are on hand to help fight your cause.

What is public law?

The rule of public law means that the actions of public bodies like government, councils, housing associations and other local authorities are subject to scrutiny. If the council, government or housing association who owns your home fails you in some way, then public law could be on your side in your search for justice. 

Our public law specialists are on hand to help fight for your rights to privacy in your home and family life, as well as the right to safe and suitable accommodation.

Right to privacy

In line with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), everybody in the UK has the right to privacy in their home and family life. If you are wrongfully evicted, this could be deemed to contradict that right. The court will assess the proportionality of making an order for possession that could see you evicted from your home and decide whether it goes against your rights or not.

“MY EXPERIENCE WITH YOU WAS VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD HARDLY ANY STRESS, MADE ME FEEL COMFORTABLE TO SAY ANYTHING. IF I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND SOMETHING YOU WOULD CLEARLY EXPLAIN IT AGAIN."

Protecting your rights 

Under the ECHR, you are entitled to:

  •  The right to respect for your private and family life, home and correspondence. 
  • A fair and public hearing within reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law.
  • The enjoyment of ECHR rights without discrimination. 

You are also entitled to safe and suitable housing as a basic human right. Therefore, any housing association that fails to provide safe housing could be deemed to be in breach of these basic rights. 

It is essential that local authorities, councils and governments adhere to these rights for your safety and wellbeing.

How do public law processes work?

If you find yourself struggling with a housing issue, there are many steps you can take. Firstly, speak to the local authority involved and raise your concerns. If they fail to act appropriately, you can contact us for advice on how to proceed. Our experts will carefully assess your claim and advise you on what you might be able to achieve. 

We’ll then guide you through the legal process and update you every step of the way as we seek justice for you. 

There are several legal processes that we can guide you through as we work towards the justice you deserve.

Complaints procedures

Most public bodies have their own complaints procedures that you can use to express your dissatisfaction with the service you’ve received. You should use the appropriate channels and complaints procedures before taking matters further or seeking legal advice. If you are still unsatisfied with how your issue is handled, you can pursue legal action by contacting our team of housing law specialists. 

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Statutory reviews

A statutory review is a form of review conducted by the people in the authority you’ve complained to. Someone independent from your issue but who still works within the authority will assess your case, the decisions made and the relevant facts to determine whether the actions proposed initially are correct or not. 

Judicial Review

As part of a judicial review, the courts will review the decisions and actions taken by the local authority to determine whether they were fair or contradicted your rights.

Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?

We are one of only three firms in the UK to be listed as a Tier One firm for this area of law in the Legal 500 guide. We are also independently ranked as a Band One firm for housing law by Chambers & Partners UK. Our team of specialists have years of expertise in housing matters and are passionate about seeking justice for our clients who have been wronged or let down by the local authorities meant to protect them.

"I WOULD RECOMMEND HODGE JONES & ALLEN, THEY ARE PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS, AND THEY ARE, IN MY OPINION, EXCELLENT SOLICITORS."

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