Our Property Litigation team is here to provide extensive legal services to both commercial and residential landlords and tenants.

Disputes in respect of commercial leases can be detrimental to your business as a tenant, and to your investment as a landlord. When disputes arise in commercial leases these need to be addressed quickly and tactically to minimise disruption and loss.

We deal with the following matters for commercial landlords and tenants:

Early termination of a commercial lease

  • Contested business lease renewals
  • Commercial lease interpretation
  • Rent review
  • Break notice
  • Disputes concerning requests for landlord’s consent
  • Forfeiture and applications for relief from forfeiture
  • Breach of covenant
  • Repair and dilapidation claims
  • Rent and service charge recovery 
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Wellers is here to assist both landlords and tenants with dispute in this heavily regulated and technical area.

Short term lettings

Whether your tenant has stopped paying the rent or you want possession of your property, or whether as a tenant your landlord is not dealing with his repair obligations pursuant to the tenancy agreement, we have extensive experience in this area to advise and support you at this very stressful time. If court proceedings are necessary, which they frequently are, we can guide you and represent you at any court hearings.

We deal with the following matters for residential landlord and tenants:

  • Landlord repossession actions including organising bailiff evictions
  • Repossession claims based upon expiry of the assured shorthold tenancy (Section 21 Notice claims)
  • Rent arrears claims
  • Breach of tenancy claims (covenants)
  • Defending tenancy deposit claims
  • Bringing and defending claims for unlawful eviction
  • Bringing and defending housing disrepair claims
  • Claims concerning old (Rent Act and earlier) tenancies
  • Regulatory compliance

Find out more about the remedies that exist for landlords where rent is no longer being paid.

Long leasehold disputes

We advise and act for both landlords and tenants in court and tribunal proceedings concerning disputes and issues involving:

  • Breaches of covenant, forfeiture and enforcement
  • The reasonableness and recoverability of service charges
  • Disrepair
  • The right to manage
  • Management audits
  • Accounts
  • Insurance
  • Corporate governance of tenant-owned freeholds and related issues
  • Qualifying works and agreements
  • Rights of first refusal
  • Individual and collective enfranchisement
  • Appointment of a manager
  • Selection and performance of managing agents
  • Interpretation and variation of leases
  • Associated drafting and advice on lease terms

To find out more, please contact:

james.baird@wellerslawgroup.com Bromley 020 8290 7959
leon.hines@wellerslawgroup.com  Bromley 020 8290 7996
alice.lithgow@wellerslawgroup.com London 020 7481 6396
sian.stephens@wellerslawgroup.com Surrey / London 01372 750100 / 020 7481 6382