Helping you resolve problems affecting your home, business premises, development site or property investment
Disputes about property can affect anyone, whether you are a homeowner, a tenant, a landlord, a developer or an investor and whether the property is residential or commercial.
If the issue in question affects your home, it can be very upsetting and unsettling. If it affects your business or financial interests, it can also be disruptive and financially damaging.
Residential property disputes
For occupiers of residential property, the issue may concern unpaid rent or service charges, mortgage arrears, failure to properly handle a rent deposit, refusal to carry out necessary repairs or maintenance, disagreement about the location of boundaries or rights of way and access, complaints of trespass, problems with noise and anti-social behaviour or the threat of repossession and eviction.
You may also have fallen out with a co-owner and be in dispute about what should happen to a property you jointly own or live in. Perhaps a builder has let you down.
Commercial property disputes
For the occupiers and owners of commercial property, the issue may concern the fairness of a proposed rent review, the reasonableness of a refusal to agree to a lease being assigned or premises being altered or sublet, the circumstances in which a break clause can be exercised, a landlord’s refusal to renew a lease or insistence that it be contracted out of the protection afforded by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, commercial rent arrears recovery (CRAR), unpaid service charge, a dilapidations claim, refusal to return a security deposit, enforcement of a guarantee or forfeiture.
How Hancock Quins Solicitors can help
Based in Watford, our dispute resolution lawyers advise clients with property in Bushey, Bushey Heath, Carpenders Park, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Denham, Harrow Weald, Hatch End, Loudwater, Moor Park, Northwood, Oxhey, Pinner, Rickmansworth, Stanmore, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and the Chilterns.
Taking legal advice early is the key to resolving property issues with the minimum amount of time, effort and cost.
Our expert dispute resolution lawyers can help you to:
- identify the issues in dispute;
- give you an opinion on where you stand;
- explain your options, based on your legal position, commercial objectives (if appropriate) and attitude to risk;
- help you gather evidence to support your case;
- negotiate with your opponent to try to resolve the matter amicably;
- suggest alternative methods of dispute resolution if this does not work, such as mediation, adjudication or arbitration;
- assess the likely cost of taking court action versus the best and worst possible outcomes;
- consider whether there is anything that can be done to protect your position while the court decides the case, such as an injunction to stop your opponent doing anything further to damage you, your property or business;
- make sure that you comply with any rules that need to be followed before court proceedings can be issued, such as those that apply to housing disrepair, residential re-possession claims based on mortgage or home purchase plan arrears, re-possession claims made by social landlords and claims about commercial property dilapidations;
- bring or defend court proceedings on your behalf; and
- take any necessary action to enforce the terms of any judgment or order made in your favour.