HOUSING MATTERS
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Qazi and Co Solicitors provide a fast, reliable and cost-effective service in all Housing matters, whether local authorities or private landlords. Our Housing team of solicitors have gained vast experience through helping a great number of clients in the past. Our Housing team of solicitors comprises some of the most experienced specialist Housing Solicitors in London.  
Our Housing solicitors' work includes but is not limited to:  

 

  • Possession proceedings – anti-social behaviour, rent/mortgage arrears, succession.  

  • Evictions and applications for re-entry.  

  • Disrepair.  

  • Homelessness – challenging local authority decisions on review and appeal, homeless advice.  

  • Challenges to the suitability of temporary accommodation.  

  • Unlawful evictions.  

We deliver a high-quality service to our clients who have housing issues.

Please call our office or complete our online application to discuss your housing matter. 


 
 

If you are a tenant living in a rental property that has fallen into disrepair, you may have a disrepair claim against your landlord. If your landlord has failed to repair faults and defects or not kept the house in good condition, you may find that your home becomes damaged. All landlords have a legal obligation to maintain the structure and interior of their property to a reasonable standard of repair. Disrepair can cause physical and mental health problems. You can seek legal advice if the house is in poor condition and your landlord has failed to take the necessary steps to repair the defects. Please be advised that we do not charge our clients any consultation fee if they have a claim for housing disrepair. We are highly experienced solicitors in helping clients who have suffered because of failures on the part of their landlords, especially against private landlords, local councils, and housing associations. We understand that claiming against your landlord may appear daunting at first, but we are here to make sure the process remains straight forward and stress-free as possible. We will guide you through the entire process, providing the assistance you require every step of the way.  

We can assist you in your housing disrepair matter on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you do not pay any fee upfront.  Please call us or complete our online appointment form to discuss your housing disrepair matter, without paying any consultation fee.

Common Types of Disrepair but not limited to: 

  • Leaks  

  • Mould   

  • Damp  

  • Cracking  

  • Subsidence  

  • Infestation

 

We do not charge you any fee to claim housing disrepair since we operate strictly on a No Win No fee policy. If your case loses, we will not charge you any fee. When your case is successful, the cost would be deducted from any compensation you receive. This amount will not exceed 5% of your total compensation. We will ensure that your landlord carries out all repairs and your compensation is paid. 

You can claim a deduction or refund of rent if you haven't been able to use part or all of your home because of the disrepair.   

Please contact us for a free consultation or complete our online appointment form to discuss your housing disrepair matter.  

 

Eviction  
Eviction from home can have adverse consequences for families, including depression, poorer health, and higher levels of stress and so on. At Qazi and Co Solicitors, we can negotiate with your landlord to settle the matter without the need for litigation. If your case proceeds to Court, our solicitors can make legal representation at Court on your behalf to defend your rights. Our experienced team of solicitors can guide you through the court process, upon you instructing our firm. 
If you have received notice of eviction, it is imperative that you contact our office immediately. 
Please call our office or complete our online application form to discuss your eviction matter. 
 

Homelessness
Homelessness can bring instability and uncertainty to you and your family members and cause a huge impact in your lives. If you face homelessness, we suggest you contact Qazi and Co Solicitors promptly. We have assisted a vast number of clients in their homelessness applications. We have secured suitable accommodations for most of our clients who approached us for their housing assistance. We can begin negotiations with your local authority to secure reasonable accommodation for you and your family members before you are about to be evicted from your current accommodation.
The housing authority has legal duty to provide advice and information about homelessness, the prevention of homelessness and the rights of homeless people or those at risk of homelessness, as well as, the help available from the housing authority or others and how to access that help. The service should be designed with certain listed vulnerable groups in mind, and authorities can provide it themselves or arrange for other agencies to do it on their behalf. It is vital that you contact us urgently if you recognise that you will become homeless. 
Please call Qazi and Co Solicitors or complete our online application to discuss your homeless matter.  
 

Landlords 
At Qazi and Co Solicitors, our experienced housing solicitors can advise and assist private landlords in understanding legal requirements of letting their properties to tenants and appropriate legal procedures to evict tenants if there is a breach of the terms of the tenancy agreement.  
If the tenancy is periodic or if the fixed term has come to an end, landlords can evict quickly, there is no need for a landlord to give a reason to the Court. However, they must show that an assured shorthold tenancy was in place and that the correct notice has been served.  
A landlord may wish to evict a tenant during a fixed term, but they must have a valid reason to do so. The most common reason is rent arrears, but others may include but not limited to:-

• The tenant has broken the terms of the tenancy, such as subletting, rent arrears 
• The tenant is consistently late with the rent payment 
• The tenant has damaged the condition of the property 
• The tenant has caused nuisance 
• The property is being repossessed 

Sometimes tenants default rent through no fault of their own, and communication can help solve the problem before it is taken any further. At Qazi and Co Solicitors, our expert housing solicitors can positively begin negotiations with your landlord to settle the matter without the need for further litigation. When tenants fail to communicate appropriately in arrears, the landlord is left with no option but to take action. The first step is for a landlord to give a tenant written notice of their desire to leave. 
 
STEP ONE 
Serving Notice – Section 8 proceedings 

A Section 8 notice is a notice seeking possession, which is served on the tenant when they have breached one or more clauses within the tenancy agreement.  
If a tenant owes a minimum of two months arrears when a notice is served, all three rent-related grounds are included within the section 8 notice (8, 10 & 11). If the tenant fails to clear the arrears and vacate the property when the section 8 notice expires, then court proceedings are required. 
 
STEP TWO 

Court hearing and what it means:- 

A claim is for possession for rent arrears (Section 8), there will be a Court hearing before a Judge. The landlord will be required to attend the hearing or appoint an agent to attend on their behalf.   The landlord or agent must be fully conversant with the tenancy and have all relevant paperwork readily available, such as the tenancy agreement and an up-to-date arrears schedule at the hearing. 
If the tenant clears the arrears before the hearing date, then it is unlikely a landlord will get a possession order. If the claim is successful, the Judge usually grants a 14-day possession order; this means the tenant has 14 days from the hearing date to vacate. In the event the tenant does not vacate, the landlord will be required to appoint a bailiff to carry out the eviction. In addition, a Judgment for the arrears of rent may also be granted, at which point a landlord may also claim interest and costs. 


For detailed advice, please call us or complete our online appointment form to discuss your property matter.

Exceptions 

If the tenant reduces the arrears to below two months of arrears. In that case, the Judge may order a postponed possession order (provided grounds 10 & 11 have been included in the Section 8 notice), which means the landlord would get a possession order. Still, the tenant is permitted to stay provided they continue to pay the rent each week/month on time and clears the arrears by an agreed and reasonable time. Failure to adhere to the order would mean that the landlord can apply for a Bailiff to execute the warrant of possession. 

 

Serving Notice – Section 21 proceedings 

A section 21 notice is used when the landlord requires possession of the property. The landlord does not have to give a reason for wanting possession of the property, and there does not have to be a breach of the tenancy agreement. 
Some tenants use a Possession Order under Section 21 to seek housing assistance from their local housing office. If this is the case, tenants are generally recommended by local authorities to remain in the property until a Possession Order has been granted and bailiffs have been appointed to evict the tenant. 

For detailed advice, please call our office or complete our online appointment form.


 STEP THREE 
Eviction – County Court Bailiff 
If a tenant fails to vacate on or before the expiry of the Possession Order (which is usually 2-6 weeks), a County Court bailiff must be appointed to carry out the final stage, eviction. The eviction can only be carried out by a County Court bailiff. 

At Qazi and Co Solicitors, our experienced housing solicitors can assist private landlords on a fixed fee basis. Please call Qazi and Co solicitors or complete our online form to discuss your eviction matter

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Housing Disrepair On No Win No Fee Basis 

GENERAL GUIDELINE FOR HOUSING MATTERS

We work privately funding basis. Our fees are based on hourly rate or on Fixed Fees. Please see our hourly rates

Our services includes but are not limited to the following:

Judicial reviews of housing policies

Defending Illegal evictions

  Squatters rights & adverse possession

Defending Or Issuing proceedings on harassment/anti-social behaviour

Security of tenure

Possession proceedings

Succession rights

 Homelessness

Human Rights matters

Human Rights matters