Landlord and Tenant Services
Property rentals are a common investment in the current market, whether you are a seasoned professional with a large portfolio or a first time Landlord. Properties are a stable investment that allow you to build capital and find an alternative source of income, however, problem tenants, arrears and other issues can make this worthwhile investment seem like a minefield. This is why G Lewis & Co offer a full property service.
All matters start with a Fixed Fee Interview to discuss your requirements and fully advise on your situation. Thereafter we provide an estimate of costs and agree a strategy with you to move forward. Where we can agree a fixed fee to keep down costs, we do this.
All our advice is confirmed in writing and you will get clear, plain English, no nonsense representation from your very first appointment. We try to settle disputes by negotiation or mediation where possible, resorting to Court proceedings only when necessary.
Entering into an Assured Shorthold Tenancy
The most common agreement used for rental purposes is the "Assured Shorthold Tenancy" (AST) and we are happy to draft you a bestoke version of this.
It is important to check that you have a valid agreement at the outset or this could cause you problems when it comes to recovering possession of your property, so here is our top 5 things to ensure when entering into as AST:
It should state that this is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy;
Make sure the details of the parties and address for service are clear;
indicate whether the fixed period is for 6 or 12 months;
If you take a Deposit, it is a statutory requirement that this is held in a government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme. The responsibility for this lies with the Agent or Landlord who accepts the deposit. If you fail to registerhese agreements come in different forms but usually they usually last for a period of 6 to 12 months.
We can also act as advisers, and provide guidance and day to day support from the initial point of letting your Property through to ending the Tenancy agreement; we work alongside many lettings agents and estate agents.
We also drafting, preparing and reviewing Tenancy Rental Agreements, advise on tenant’s deposits, and money taken from tenants. We advise on the standard of your property and the Landlord’s Responsibilities to upkeep the property.
We provide a full service for both landlord and tenant.
We can assisting with the ending the Tenancy Rental Agreement; evict the tenant and any squatters; we can assist and advise on how to recover arrears of rent; we can support with Tenant and Landlord Law disputes; we can advise and provide full representation in any claims you may have to defend brought by Tenants.
We also defend possession actions, or advise on how a possession proceeding is likely to proceed. We also act in housing disrepair claims.
Commercial Leases and Forfeiture
We work alongside many estate agents and lettings agents on commercial leases and those cases where transactions have been made without formal paperwork, leading to forfeiture against the de facto tenant.
Whatever your situation, whether it is to make sure you have a lease to protect your interests or if you need help to formalise your occupancy of commercial premises, call us today.