Disrepair

In response to a rising number of claims and the increased profile of housing disrepair claims in the social housing sector, Forbes created a specialist Housing Litigation Unit as part of the wider Housing Group.

We act on behalf of numerous social housing associations and have a proven track record of successfully handling disrepair on behalf of landlords. We use the pre-action protocol to the landlords' advantage where possible. For example, we seek the instruction of a joint surveyor and require a detailed chronology of disrepair reports to the landlord prior to disclosure of documentation. We believe in prompt information gathering using our team of trained investigators. We use the Civil Procedure rules proactively. Where possible, we ensure cases are allocated to the "Small Claims Track" in order to minimise legal costs. We ensure items in the Scott schedule are struck out which do not constitute "structure and exterior" within the definition of Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act.

We have a practical approach to litigation, believing that in many cases issues may be resolved by early and frank dialogue with opponents, as opposed to adopting a wholly adversarial approach.

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