Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, if you are in dispute you will appreciate assistance from legal experts who have your best interests in mind and who always look to resolve issues swiftly and amicably.
At Pickering & Butters, we provide innovative and pragmatic advice to clients across Staffordshire and even further afield. We act for both landlords and tenants, giving us a unique insight into the issues and challenges which face both parties.
As a landlord, you may need assistance in recovering possession of your property, or perhaps in recovering rent arrears, or dealing with claims for damage outside of fair wear and tear, or breaches of the tenancy agreement. We are here to ease the burden and take these matters off your shoulders, fully appreciating the need for a fast resolution for the least possible disruption to your rental income.
If you are a tenant, we will guide you through any housing issue and appreciate how stressful an experience it can be to find yourself in dispute with your landlord. Whether you have just moved in to find a host of maintenance problems, are having difficulties with unsociable house-share tenants, are in dispute over service charges or are facing a repossession order, we are here to explain your rights and steer you in the right direction. We can also provide assistance in respect of tenancy deposit schemes and any disputes surrounding those.
Our landlord and tenant solicitors’ expertise
We provide expert advice to landlords and tenants across a wide range of disputes, from maintenance and disrepair issues, to rent arrears, to deposit issues. It’s vital for both tenants and landlords to understand their rights and obligations under the law and the tenancy agreement.
Our goal is to help clients resolve their disputes amicably wherever possible and, using careful and skilful negotiation techniques, we’re usually able to settle the matter without resorting to expensive and time-consuming court proceedings.
Advice for landlords
Owning and renting out buy to let property can be a lucrative but risky investment. Rent arrears can threaten a landlord’s livelihood and put the property at risk of repossession if the rent is required to afford the mortgage; maintenance responsibilities can become costly and onerous; and damage caused by tenants can considerably reduce a property’s value.
It’s therefore essential to keep an expert solicitor on your side to provide legal advice and assistance when disputes unfortunately arise.
We advise landlords from all backgrounds and walks of life, from “accidental” landlords who’ve inherited their buy to let property, to individuals and businesses with large-scale property portfolios, to HMO landlords. We regularly advise landlords on:
- Tenancy agreement review and renewal
- Possession claims and evictions
- Advice on landlord rights and responsibilities
- Maintenance advice
- Collection of rent arrears
- Debt recovery
- Anti-social behaviour
- Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licencing
Advice for tenants
With house prices rising dramatically over the past few decades, increasing numbers of people now rent their homes. Renting is a convenient and straightforward experience for many with the majority of renters enjoying a good relationship with their landlord. However, like all legal relationships, conflicts do occasionally arise.
Our skilled solicitors understand how stressful it can be to raise a dispute with your landlord, particularly if you’re concerned about being evicted in retaliation. We will sensitively handle the matter on your behalf and our experience means we’re typically able resolve the dispute without it escalating to court. We provide clear, practical advice across all areas of landlord and tenant law, including:
- Tenancy agreement review and renewal
- Maintenance and disrepair claims
- Defending possession claims
- Service charge disputes
- Retaliatory and unlawful evictions
- Landlord harassment
- Social landlord matters
- Tenancy deposit scheme disputes and claims
Why choose Pickering & Butters’ solicitors?
At Pickering & Butters, we provide bespoke legal services to individuals and businesses across Staffordshire.
We’re proud of our progressive approach to landlord and tenant law. We understand that the private rented sector presents both an opportunity to provide well-needed homes and an investment opportunity. Our aim is to nurture the relationship between landlords and tenants and, wherever possible, resolve the matter through cooperative discussion without resorting to legal proceedings.
However, when needed, we can provide robust representation, including obtaining possession orders, assisting in evictions, and claiming back withheld deposits or overpaid rent.
We are accredited by the Law Society in Lexcel, the legal practice quality mark for firms which provide exceptional levels of client care and legal practice management.
Pickering & Butters is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).