Landlord & Tenant

Kitsons Solicitors - Landlord and tenant

Residential

The obligations on Landlords letting out their residential property are ever changing and onerous. It is important that Landlords comply with housing legislation as failure to do so can lead to a fine and/or delays in regaining possession of your property and even sometimes criminal penalties.

We can assist you from start to finish; from drafting tenancy agreements through to conducting possession proceedings.

We can help you with:

  • Advising on compliance with the Immigration Act;
  • Drafting and advising on tenancy agreements;
  • Advising on documents to accompany the tenancy agreement;
  • Pitfalls associated with the deposit and securing the deposit;
  • Tenant breaches;
  • Drafting notices to quit including section 21 and section 8 notices;
  • Drafting and conducting proceedings for possession;
  • Requesting a Warrant for possession;
  • Claims for rent arrears and damage to your property.

We will not hesitate to fight your corner and are experienced in providing plain and practical advice, which we provide on a fixed fee basis.

Commercial

We provide a complete and efficient service, giving clear, cost-effective, practical and pragmatic advice on all matters arising from a commercial landlord/tenant relationship, whether at its creation, variation or termination. We are commercially-minded and will work with you to find the right solution for your needs.

Our team has many years of commercial landlord and tenant experience, including specialist practitioners who deal with nothing other than landlord and tenant disputes.

We can help you with:

  • Granting or taking a new Lease;
  • Assignment, underletting or variation of the Lease terms;
  • Contested Lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954;
  • Surrender and Renewals;
  • Dilapidation claims;
  • Tenant breaches;
  • Consent for alterations;
  • Rent recovery;
  • Forfeiture;
  • Possession actions.

Here at Kitsons we offer a comprehensive Landlord and Tenant service. We are commercially minded and will work with you to find the right solution for your needs, in the most cost effective way.

Your landlord & tenant team are...

Alexandra MoastChartered Legal Executive

Alexandra is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Commercial Property team

Hayley PrideauxSolicitor

Hayley is a solicitor in our Litigation team.

Kitsons Solicitors - James Cross

James CrossPartner and Head of Litigation

James is a Partner and Head of our Litigation team

Kitsons Solicitors - Rhoda Honey

Rhoda HoneySolicitor

Rhoda is a Solicitor in our Property Litigation team

Kitsons Solicitors - Ang Beresford

Angie BeresfordLegal Support Assistant

Angie is Lead Secretary and a Legal Support Assistant in our Litigation team

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