Residential Landlord and Tenant


Residential Landlord and Tenant



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The law governing landlord and tenant relationships can be complicated with adverse financial consequences and sometimes criminal penalties for non-compliance. For landlords, it is important that you are both aware of your rights and comply with your obligations.

The law is designed to protect both landlords and tenants. One way it does this is by discouraging ‘self help’. An example of this is that landlords are unable to evict a tenant without a Court Order for possession. Attempting to remove a tenant by changing the locks to the property, could mean a landlord facing up to 6 months imprisonment and/or a £5,000 fine together with a civil claim for compensation for illegal eviction.

The most common form of residential tenancy used is an assured shorthold tenancy but it is not suitable for all circumstances. As the tenancy forms the basis of the contractual relationship between a landlord and a tenant, it is important that from the outset, the terms of the tenancy are well defined and agreed between the parties. A well drafted tenancy can prevent problems during the tenancy whereas a poorly drafted tenancy can result in litigation.

Here at Boyce Hatton, we offer a comprehensive service for residential landlords including, but not limited to the following:

  • Advising on your legal obligations when you first rent your property
  • Advising on your legal obligations when taking a deposit
  • Drafting and advising on tenancy agreements
  • Advising on disputes that arise during the course of a tenancy
  • Service of notices on tenants to vacate your property
  • Obtaining possession orders from the Court on your behalf
  • Advising on areas of dispute once a tenant has vacated a property
  • Claims for rent arrears and damage to your property
  • Enforcement of Court orders


We will advise you of the likely cost of our advice at the outset of the matter, and, in straightforward transactions, offer a fixed fee service.

Boyce Hatton are associate members of the Devon Landlords' Association and we regularly hold workshops and give presentations to landlords so that landlords are kept up to date with any changes in the legal framework.

Telephone or e-mail us today for a free, no obligation discussion as to how our specialist team may be able to assist you.

Fiona Squire

Fiona Squire


Fiona is a Partner with a mixed dispute resolution practice covering both personal injury and landlord and tenant. As a personal injury lawyer, she… show more


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