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Residential Property Disputes

Whether you own, lease or rent a property, you are more than likely to encounter issues or disputes sooner or later. Property law is extremely complex and, given the value of the current housing market, tens of thousands of pounds could be at stake.

Glanvilles Property Litigation solicitors will help you to resolve your dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, saving you unnecessary stress and hassle as well as considerable time and money.

The first step to resolving your property dispute is to establish your legal position regarding the property in question. Glanvilles have a team of solicitors who are fully experienced in property disputes and able to assist clients in resolving property disputes of all kinds.

In terms of property litigation, we can provide legal assistance with:

  • Contentious business lease renewals
  • Forfeiture
  • Rent and service charge recovery
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Disputes over rights of way and easements
  • Breaches of restrictive covenants
  • Trespass, nuisance and adverse possession
  • Residential possessions
  • Rent recovery
  • Breach of covenant for commercial landlords
  • Dilapidations

As in most of our business litigation work, we recognise that the litigation process can be costly and stressful, so we will always consider alternative means of settling disputes.

We have considerable experience in mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which can often be much more cost-effective in terms of reaching a resolution.

Where an amicable settlement cannot be reached, we have the strong advocacy skills needed to effectively represent your interests in court, with an excellent track record of success for our clients.

Get in touch with our property dispute resolution solicitors in Chichester, Fareham and Havant

Contact our highly experienced residential conveyancing solicitors in Chichester, Fareham or Havant or fill in our simple online enquiry form for a quick response.

Our residential property dispute resolution expertise

Contentious business lease renewals

Where a landlord does not wish to renew a business tenancy or there is a dispute with the tenant over the terms of the lease renewal, early legal advice can make all the difference.

Our residential property disputes experts can assist either party with understanding their rights and options, helping to negotiate an amicable outcome wherever possible.

Forfeiture

Where a landlord believes that a tenant has breached the terms of their lease, the landlord may have the right to forfeit the lease. Lease forfeiture can be very complicated, and the tenant may be able to take legal action against the landlord if the proper process is not followed.

Our team can advise landlords and tenants on whether there are grounds for forfeiture and what steps they need to take to achieve the outcome they would like.

Rent and service charge recovery

Where there is an issue with a leasehold property or the services provided by the landlord, tenants may have the right to seek recovery of their rent or service charges. This may be where the landlord has breached the terms of the tenancy, has failed to meet their legal obligations or where the level of rent or service charges can be shown to be unfair.

Our residential property disputes solicitors can advise tenants on the process for recovering rent and service charges or landlords on how to respond to such a request.

Landlord and tenant disputes

Disputes between landlords and tenants can often be resolved quickly and cost-effectively with the right legal advice, helping to prevent any escalation of the situation.

Our experts can assist with all manners of landlord-tenant disputes, helping to protect your interests and, where possible, maintain a positive relationship between the parties going forward.

Disputes over rights of way and easements

Rights of way and easements are common sources of dispute, especially when a property is sold or where construction work is planned. When dealing with these matters, it is important to take specialist legal advice to ensure you do not leave yourself open to legal action.

Our residential property dispute lawyers are highly experienced with right of way and easement disputes, so can provide seasoned expertise to help you get the outcome you require.

Breaches of restrictive covenants

Breaching a restrictive covenant on a property or piece of land can be very serious, but in many cases, it is possible to find a fair solution that protects your interests.

This is an area in which our team has extensive expertise, having represented many clients dealing with property restrictive covenants over the years. We can provide clear, practical advice on your legal position and help you to take the right steps to get the best possible outcome for your situation.

Trespass, nuisance and adverse possession

Trespass, nuisance and adverse possession (commonly referred to as ‘squatters’ rights’), can be highly complicated issues to resolve. It is important not to act rashly, as you can leave yourself open to legal action if you do not follow the correct process.

Our residential property dispute resolution team can help you to deal swiftly and decisively with these issues, protecting your property rights.

Residential possessions

Where a landlord wishes to recover possession of their property, there is a strict legal process they must follow. Any failure to follow this process could result in legal proceedings being brought against them by their tenant.

We can advise both landlords and tenants of possession proceedings, ensuring the right process is followed, and both parties’ legal rights are respected.

Rent recovery

Recovering unpaid rent from tenants can be challenging, with the potential to take up a lot of a landlord’s time and energy.

We offer a fast, cost-effective rent recovery service to help ensure landlords do not lose out on rental income, while making sure all of the correct legal processes are followed.

Breach of covenant for commercial landlords

If a landlord believes that a commercial tenant has taken actions not permitted in their lease, they may decide to take action for breach of covenant. Failure to pay rent on commercial premises also constitutes a breach of covenant.

In disputes over a breach of covenant, our residential property disputes solicitors can help the parties come to an agreement over resolving the matter or assist with lease forfeiture proceedings and/or claims for damages.

Dilapidations

Where a landlord contends that a tenant has failed to keep a property in a good state of repair, they may wish to pursue compensation to cover the cost of making good any damage, or they may want to compel the tenant to make good the damage themselves.

We are able to represent both landlords and tenants in relation to dilapidation claims, helping to find a positive resolution wherever possible or assisting with court proceedings where required.

How we resolve residential property disputes in the best way for your interests

Pre-action residential property dispute resolution

Before embarking on formal proceedings, it is sensible to seek early advice on your position and the likely outcome if your dispute were to go to court. In many cases, an early resolution can be agreed amicably between the parties through informal negotiations.

Our residential property dispute resolution solicitors can advise on your legal position and options. We can provide guidance on your negotiating strategy and represent you during negotiations where required.

Mediation for residential property disputes

In most cases, if an early settlement cannot be agreed upon, mediation is the best option for resolving a property dispute. This can take place at any point, either before court proceedings have been initiated or up to the date of your hearing.

Our team regularly represents clients during property dispute mediation with a strong record of success in securing favourable settlements under even the most challenging circumstances.

Court representation for residential property disputes

We have substantial experience representing clients in court proceedings related to residential property disputes, including in County Court, High Court and First-Tier Tribunals. You can be confident that your case is in safe hands and that you will benefit from the highly skilled advocacy needed to secure the best available outcome for your case.

Why choose Glanvilles’ residential property dispute solicitors?

Our residential property dispute solicitors can offer you:

  • Extensive experience acting for individuals and commercial clients in relation to both large and small scale property disputes
  • A high level of expertise in negotiation, mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods
  • A strong track record of success in court proceedings in County Court, High Court and First-Tier Tribunals

The Glanvilles’ client service promise

When you use our residential property dispute resolution service, we promise:

  • Our staff will be friendly, respectful and attentive.
  • Your concerns will be listened to, your questions answered, and your options explained in plain English.
  • The cost of dealing with your requirements will be made clear to you from the outset.
  • We will answer your phone calls and emails promptly.
  • We will keep you regularly updated at all times.

Get in touch with our property dispute resolution solicitors in Chichester, Fareham and Havant

Contact our highly experienced residential conveyancing solicitors in Chichester, Fareham or Havant or fill in our simple online enquiry form for a quick response.