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Our specialist and dedicated team of Housing & Property solicitors have been passionately defending the rights of those with housing and property issues for over 40 years. We specialise in a broad range of legal matters including housing disrepair claims, housing discrimination claims, tenant disputes, bringing and defending possession claims, landlord and tenant disputes, bringing and defending antisocial behaviour injunctions, succession and homelessness.
Our property dispute solicitors also deal with boundary disputes, planning appeals, leasehold disputes, injunctions, rights of way, possession claims and compulsory purchase orders.
Our solicitors will deal with your case sympathetically and will fight on your behalf to get you the best outcome possible for you. If you would like to speak to our expert lawyers please call 0808 278 2531 or request a call back.
Introduction to our Specialist Housing team
At Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors our leading specialists help people matters including:
- Housing Disrepair Claims
- Housing Discrimination
- Defending Possessions Proceedings
- Challenging Decisions via Housing Judicial Reviews
- Property Disputes
Housing solicitors in London
We have a dedicated team of specialist housing and property solicitors in London who can assist with matters nationwide. We are independently ranked as some of the best housing solicitors in the UK due to the quality of our work. If you would like to speak to our expert lawyers please call 0808 278 2531 or request a call back online.
No win, no fee housing solicitors
One funding option we can discuss with you is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) more commonly known as ‘No Win No Fee’. This allows you to bring a disrepair claim, with no financial risks to you and without the need to pay any solicitors’ fees upfront and we will cover you for any adverse costs including expert witnesses and barrister’s fees.
Our solicitors will assess your claim and check if you are eligible for this funding option. If you would like to know more about funding your housing case with a No Win No Fee Agreement please speak with one of our specialist housing solicitors.
If you have a housing issue, what should you do?
Free initial assessment
If you have been unable to deal with a housing issue yourself, contact our specialist solicitors for a free initial assessment and to discuss your funding options.
We will assess your case for legal merits and then if there is a legal case we will allocate to the most appropriate team to deal with your matter.
Once you have been taken on by our solicitors we will then talk through your options and provide you with the best approach for a successful solution.
Examples of people we have helped
Client wins claim for disrepair and damages
We represented a tenant from a local authority who complained of extensive disrepair. We helped our client to secure a report from a chartered surveyor detailing the defects to the property and what works were required to rectify the disrepair. The landlord failed to respond and it was necessary to issue court proceedings on an urgent basis. The Judge found the landlord liable.
Injunction for repairs, award of £21,782 + legal fees
Settlement reached with local authority for possession proceeding.
The local authority issued possession proceedings on the grounds our client had parted with possession of the property and was not occupying the property as her only or principal home. After lengthy negotiations with the local authority, a settlement was reached whereby a suspended order for possession was made requiring our client to pay the rent, and that our client does not sublet any part of the property without seeking the permission of her landlord.
Solicitors successfully negotiated with landlord of noisy neighbour
Process took two months from instruction. We acted for a homeowner whose neighbour was excessively noisy. Our solicitors successfully resolved the issue by negotiating with the landlord of the neighbour, who served notice on the neighbour. Our Solicitors were able to do this via mediation, which provided our client with a cost-effective alternative to entering protracted litigation. The process took two months from instruction to the notice being served.
Read more Social Housing Case Studies.
Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?
We are one of only three firms in the UK to be listed as a Tier 1 firm for this area of law in the Legal 500 guide. We are also independently ranked as a Band 1 firm for housing law by Chambers & Partners UK.
Our solicitors are entirely committed to achieving the best result for all our clients, supporting them through the process and working very hard to get justice for you.
Excellent track record
Our expert solicitors have an excellent track record for successfully challenging authorities and resolving claims quickly. They have a vast experience dealing with a ray of housing claims.
Frequently asked questions
This will depend on the type of your tenancy agreement and the reason that the landlord is seeking possession. If you have an assured or secure tenancy, the court will not order possession unless grounds to do so have been proved and in many cases, only if it reasonable to do so.
There are many arguments that could be put forward n defence to any such claim. Although private tenants have less secure tenancies, there are often valid defences which can be put forward to avoid being evicted. We can advise you further in this regard.
We have specialist solicitors who understand that the boundary of your property is more than just a line on a map. It determines the value of your property, how it can be enjoyed and how it can be protected. Rights of way or views can be influenced by boundaries and they allow you to develop your land in a particular way.
Our specialist advisers have an intimate understanding of property law and can provide the legal protection you need, whatever the dispute might be, for example:
- Positioning of boundaries
- Overhanging trees
- Repairs and maintenance
- Encroachment from neighbouring buildings
- Overlooking windows
- Use of utilities
- Rights of way
- Adverse possession
The boundary lines on your land registry plan do not always reflect the true situation on the ground, as the boundary can be determined by a number of factors, such as new agreements, which can change over time.
All landlords, including local authorities, housing associations and private landlords, have a legal duty to maintain their property in an adequate state of repair and to ensure these are fit for human habitation.
They must also ensure that any defects in the property don’t pose a threat to the safety of tenants. If the property’s condition is unacceptable then we can help advise you on the best course of action.
This might include applying for a court order requiring the council or landlord to put things right. The court can also award you compensation where repairs have been delayed for no good reason and impose fines on landlords who don’t maintain their property in good condition.
My landlord has been threatening court action unless I pay off my rent arrears within the next few weeks. If he starts court proceedings will I be evicted?
This will depend on the type of your tenancy agreement and the amount of rent arrears. Most council tenants are secure tenants. Under this type of tenancy, it is unlikely that the Court will make an outright possession order if there are compelling circumstances, which led to the rent arrears, for example housing benefit problems. You may even be able to claim backdated housing benefit and it may be possible to seek a postponed possession order, which means you will not have to leave your home providing you pay a specified amount as ordered by the court.
I rent from a private landlord and I came home to find he was in my flat. He said he was getting some work done and needed access to the flat but I don’t like the idea of him being able to let himself into my home. Is he allowed to do this?
Your landlord should have asked your permission before letting himself into your flat. Landlords are allowed to enter rented property to check its condition or carry out repairs but they are required by law to give you at least 24-hours written notice. You can object to the specific proposed visit if there is a good reason, although you will be in breach of contract if you refuse to allow the landlord access to the property at all. If this wasn’t just a one off then it may count as harassment, which is a criminal offence. If you would like to discuss your concerns then you should contact one of our experienced housing lawyers who can advise you on the best course of action.
Since my divorce a year ago I’ve been living in a bedsit. There is damp everywhere and the ceiling has started to fall down. I’ve complained so many times but nothing is ever done about it. Is there anything else I can do?
All landlords, including local authorities, housing associations and private landlords, have a legal duty to maintain their property in an adequate state of repair. They must also ensure that any defects in the property don’t pose a threat to the safety of tenants. If the property’s condition is unacceptable then we can help advise you on the best course of action. This might include applying for a court order requiring the council or landlord to put things right. The court can also award you compensation where repairs have been delayed for no good reason and impose fines on landlords who don’t maintain their property in good condition.
I have applied for council housing but think that I’ve been treated unfairly. Do I just have to accept the decision or can I challenge it?
If you are unhappy with the decision that’s been made about your case then you may be able to challenge it. Initially, you can complain to your council or housing association. If this is unsatisfactory then in some cases it may be appropriate for you to apply for a judicial review of the decision. A judicial review can’t impose a new decision on the council but it can overturn the decision that has already been made and require that your case is looked at again.
Housing claims can differ in cost, therefore, our expert solicitors will clearly set out all your funding options as soon as we know the details of your case. We want to give you every assurance that we would never incur costs on your behalf without your full agreement and knowledge.
If you are not entitled to public funding, we can discuss other ways of funding your case, including private arrangements, a ‘conditional fee arrangement’, (often described as ‘no win, no fee’).