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If you have run into difficulties with your Landlord, Tenant or Leaseholder, we can assist you with finding legal solutions. We appreciate that Tenants have rights, as well as obligations and that Landlords have duties towards their tenants.

We have experience of acting for both Landlords and Tenants and so have insight into Landlord-Tenant disputes.




Landlords have a number of duties and obligations towards you as a tenant.

These include the duty to:




Not all tenants are ideal, for any number of reasons. Perhaps you have a tenant who is causing a disturbance or behaving badly. Maybe your rent has been due for a while despite several reminders. Or it may simply be that a change in your circumstances means that you need the property back.

There are prescribed legal procedures which landlords must by law follow before they can evict a tenant. If you don’t follow the correct procedure, there could be a delay. Worse still, your tenant could take you to court costing you more money, especially if you end up having to pay your client’s legal costs by order of the court.


We can advise you on the correct procedures to follow when you need to evict a tenant, including how to serve the mandatory notice which must be served if they are in arrears of rent, and before you issue possession proceedings.

Sometimes you may have a very good tenant who you do not wish to lose or evict, but who cannot pay their rent as a result of serious financial difficulties. Williams Hortor can advise you on how to negotiate with your tenant, or negotiate with your tenant on your behalf.

In some cases, the tenant is now paying rent on time but there are outstanding arrears. We can advise you on what steps you need to take to recover these.

In all or any of the above scenarios we can draft letters on your behalf or act for you in the court process.

  • Maintain the structure of the building, including drains, gutters and external pipes, in good repair
  • Ensure that anything needed for the supply of water, gas, electricity and sanitation is kept in working order
  • Make sure that heating and boilers are in good repair
  • Make sure that the building is fit for human habitation

Your landlord cannot lawfully evict you unless certain steps that the law requires are taken.

Neither does the law allow you to be harassed by your landlord.

Even where you are threatened with eviction from your home because, for example, your rent is due, or in the case of a mortgage you have have missed a payment, this does not mean that all is lost.



Williams Hortor can advise you and act on your behalf in:

  • Housing repair issues
  • Defending possession, repossession or eviction proceedings
  • Bringing a claim against your landlord for unlawful eviction
  • Resolving tenancy agreement disputes



Contact us for a preliminary discussion to see how we can assist you. Call us to book an appointment on 01920 871 519 or email us at or