This is just part of a steady stream of UK legislation, in recent times, which has impacted on the wording of Tenancy Agreements and negotiations with landlords and letting agents. And despite the many positive aspects of tenancy deposit schemes (at least for assured shorthold tenancies), we still encounter landlords who, given the slightest opportunity, are quick to take advantage of expat tenants.
Our tenancy team is one of the most experienced in the UK in terms of tenancy negotiations and dispute resolution. Over the years, this has evolved into three, fixed-price services for relocation companies:-
Half-day, in-house training for your staff, delivered by a tenancy lawyer with experience of the practical issues faced by assignees and relocation companies;
Review of tenancy agreements and negotiations with letting agents;
Advice on disputes and issuing "lawyer's letter".
Sometimes, even a "lawyer's letter" is not enough to bring a bad landlord to heel. In some cases, in order to enforce a tenant's rights, it can be necessary to go the whole hog and raise a court action. This is very much a last resort, but our tenancy service has now been extended to include court proceedings in all parts of England and Scotland.
If you need support in any of these areas, please contact Gordon Kerr for a preliminary chat.