Farzana joined Hodge Jones & Allen in 2001 as a newly qualified solicitor. She was promoted to associate and then Partner in 2010. She has a broad range of experience in all aspects of housing law. She has a particular interest in possession cases including anti-social behaviour, succession and subletting cases. She has earned herself a reputation for taking on difficult cases that no-one thinks can succeed – and has gone on to obtain excellent results for her clients. She also works extensively in other areas of housing including disrepair and homelessness.
Farzana is a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 and a leading individual in Chambers UK. She was described by clients as “very quick and dedicated; very calm and collected and good in stressful situations.” In Chambers 2019 source says – “Farzana Chowdhury’s standout characteristics include her ability to stay cool and calm in stressful situations, her ability to communicate with people from all walks of life, and her accommodating nature and honest approach.”
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London
Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, 2001
Trained, Duncan Lewis & Co
“Excellent service, with rapid replies and outstanding customer service.”
“We had a housing problem with our previous flat. A huge damp and mould situation where landlord and agency didn’t cooperate or allowed us to leave. We were represented by the lovely Farzana Chowdhury who was very helpful and professional from day one until the final outcome. We truly recommend her services, Farzana made us able to end the tenancy in our favor after many attempts to sort the case with the agency/landlord ourselves. Strongly recommend Farzana Chowdhury services and Hodge Jones & Allen services. We are very happy.”
“The solicitor I used was great. She always responded quickly to me and gave me lots of reassurance during a difficult period.”
“Very professional manner.”
Farzana represented a secure tenant in possession proceedings for alleged anti-social behaviour of a most serious nature. The police had obtained a closure order on the property as a result of which the tenant was barred from entering her home. Representations were made to the local authority and, after repeated debate and negotiation a duty was accepted to accommodate the tenant and her children. The case culminated in a 5 day trial with approximately 20 witnesses. The court made a suspended order for possession. Upon there being allegations of breach the Claimant applied for a warrant for possession and an eviction date was obtained. The Claimant also separately issued a further claim for possession on the ground of rent arrears. Negotiations were entered into regarding the second possession claim. This was settled by way of a payment of damages for disrepair in the sum of £4000 which extinguished the arrears. An application to suspend the warrant was issued for the first claim. This was heard at a 3 day hearing. The warrant was successfully suspended upon terms.
She also represented a client who was a secure tenant of a London authority. The tenant had arrears in excess of £3000 as a result of which possession proceedings had been issued. An outright order for possession had been made by the court in his absence. Upon a Notice of Eviction being issued the tenant sought legal advice representation. An application was urgently made to set aside the order for possession, with the effect of reinstating the tenancy retrospectively. The tenant was then advised regarding a potential claim for housing disrepair. A claim was issued in the county court and the local authority then counterclaimed for the rent arrears. Representations were made to the Housing Benefit department as a result of which backdated Housing Benefit was awarded to the tenant, reducing the arrears from over £3000 to just over £1000. The disrepair claim was thereafter settled on the basis that the balance of arrears would be cleared and the tenant would receive £7000 damages.
All tenants have a right to due process. As such, the law requires that certain criteria be met in order for a landlord to legally evict a tenant from their property. These criteria vary depending on the type of tenancy a resident holds, and failure to comply with any may be grounds to resist an eviction.
Last week, on Thursday, 14th December a memorial service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark 6 months since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, to remember those that lost their homes, their loved ones and even their lives.The service was very moving and was an example of London at its best. It was attended by people who had lived in or around the tower, people that had lost loved ones, members of the wider community, people of all faiths and none, politicians, pop stars and Royalty.
The Grenfell Action Group and residents raised repeated concerns about the apparent neglect of health and safety legislation. Whilst there are several potential causes of action, the reality for tenants is that they would have struggled to bring a claim for a number of reasons.