Forbes Solicitors launches new Private Landlord Team

Housing & Regeneration News

30 June, 2016

Forbes Solicitors has set up a new Private Landlord Team in response to an increased demand for advice and assistance with a variety of tenancy management issues.

The team operates from within Forbes' Housing and Regeneration department in Preston and can offer expert guidance with issues such as drafting tailored tenancy agreements and defending disrepair claims and other types of action brought by tenants.

It also deals with recovering possession of the property both at the end of the tenancy and in response to rent arrears and other breaches of tenancy.

Forbes has been acting on behalf of housing associations and local authorities within the social housing sector for the last ten years, during which time it has built up a national client base.

It acts for more than 100 housing associations across the country, some with in excess of 70,000 properties, and has a large Housing Litigation team, comprising 11 solicitors.

Sam Gorrell, an Associate in Forbes' Housing and Regeneration department, said: "Our team are very experienced in this area of work and we are now expanding into the private rental market. We have the expertise to offer a quality service and will act exclusively for landlords, giving them the help and advice they need."

The Private Landlord team is finalising an online service to landlords, which will be launched in the near future.

To mark the creation of the new team, Forbes are hosting a series of events targeted at private landlords and letting agents - the first of which will be looking at the landlord's ability to recover possession and recent changes to legislation in this area

A full list of seminars, which all include question and answer sessions, below:

1. How to get possession of your property - the new regime. (Wednesday July 6)

  • Successfully dealing with troublesome tenants
  • Considering the commercial approach
  • Changes to the s21 regime including changes to notices and notice requirement

2. Tenancy deposits and other common pitfalls - what you need to know. (Wednesday September 7)

  • What are the landlord's duties?
  • What are the consequences of failure to comply?
  • What is the impact on attempts to recover possession?

3. Landlord's health and safety obligations - what are the risks? (Wednesday November 2)

  • What are the landlord's duties?
  • HMOs
  • Gas safety
  • Electrical safety
  • Fire safety
  • Legionella
  • Asbestos

4.Unlawful eviction and abandonment - minimising your risk (Wednesday February 1, 2017)

  • What are the offences a landlord can commit?
  • What are the potential sanctions?
  • How to avoid unlawful eviction
  • What to do with tenants' belongings?


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