Residential Landlord and Tenant


Ellisons specialist Property Litigation team has a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of residential property litigation. We regularly act on behalf of investors, landlords, homeowners and leaseholders in relation to all manner of disputes relating to residential property.

Lead Contacts

Lee Pearce

Lee Pearce

Partner, Legal Executive & Head of Dispute Resolution

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Advice to Landlords

In particular, our team can advise landlords and tenants who are involved in short term lettings of residential property. With the increased regulation of the buy to let market, the team can offer advice to landlords on the whole process from the drafting of the tenancy agreement, to your responsibilities as a landlord as regards repair and health and safety requirements, together with advice if you encounter problems with services for rent recovery, termination of the tenancy and possession.

In addition, the team is able to advise on the full range of issues that arise in the context of property let on long leases.

Our services include

Short term lettings – (e.g. Assured Shorthold Tenancies “ASTs”)

  • Preparation and drafting of tenancy agreements – including deposit protection advice
  • Drafting guarantee agreements to afford further protection to landlords in the event of default by the tenant
  • Recovery of rent arrears
  • Advice concerning breach of tenancy agreement and enforcement of tenants covenants contained in the tenancy agreement
  • Negotiating deeds of surrender
  • Preparation and service of notices seeking possession (s8 & s21 notices)
  • County Court possession proceedings
  • Instructing and overseeing the eviction procedure
  • Advising upon abandonment of properties
  • Advising upon removal of tenants goods left in the property at the end of the tenancy agreement
  • Return of deposit with or without agreed deductions
  • Eviction of assured or protected tenants.

Long leasehold properties (e.g. flats held on 99 year leases)

  • Service charge and ground rent disputes
  • First Tier Tribunal applications, including challenging the reasonableness of service charge
  • Absent landlords of long leasehold interests
  • Applications for managers
  • Estate/rent charge disputes
  • Advice regarding the right of first refusal under Landlord & Tenant Act 1987
  • Advice on the application of s20 consultation procedure under Landlord & Tenant Act 1985
  • Applications for right to manage and enfranchisement
  • Advice concerning alleged breaches of long leases and enforcement of tenants covenants contained in the lease, including those in connection with nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

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If you have any enquiries any one of our specialist team would be pleased to advise you on your options. Please fill out this contact form. You can also contact your lawyer individually from ‘Our People’ using the link below.

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