Thomas Djan-Krofa Associate

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Thomas is an Associate in our Dispute Resolution team.

Main areas of practice

Property Litigation & Tenancy Management

Much of Thomas’ work includes; drafting and issuing various types of injunctions, dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour actions, rent arrears, tenancy deposits and s.21 proceedings. He also deals with disrepair claims, business tenancy renewals, dilapidation claims and possession proceedings relating to breaches of tenancy conditions. Thomas advises private and business landlords on various tenancy matters and advises land owners on boundary disputes and restrictive covenants.

Commercial Litigation & Dispute Management

Thomas has experience with commercial and general litigation matters including contract disputes, debt recovery, enforcement proceedings, residential construction disputes, terms and conditions, sale of goods and consumer issues. Having previously worked as a Personal Injury litigator for 6 years he has extensive practical experience with general litigation and negotiation.  

Significant experience

Property Litigation & Tenancy Management

  • Acted for a housing association in a claim for possession of a room in a hostel which involved the distinction between a tenancy and a licence. 
  • Acted for a housing association who required an urgent without notice Injunction against a resident who indecently exposed himself and made threats to assault a member of the housing staff. 
  • Acted for a housing association in a claim for possession from a tenant who kept 60 dogs in her property. 

Commercial Litigation & Dispute Management

  • Advising an online software company in a claim for outstanding debts. Thomas also drafted their online agreements and terms and conditions for their website.
  • Acted for a couple in a £100,000 claim against a builder in a construction dispute.
  • Acted for a housing association in a dispute regarding the termination of a management agreement.

Expertise

Thomas’s Blog

More limitations on landlords seeking possession under Assured Shorthold Tenancies

The s.21 possession procedure is a method for landlords seeking possession of property let on an assured shorthold tenancy. The s.21 states courts are obliged to grant a possession order without the landlord having to establish grounds for possession.

Articles by Thomas

The Court of Appeal clarifies when it is reasonable to evict a tenant guilty of growing cannabis.

Article

Two recent cases City West Housing Trust v Lindsey Massey and Manchester and District Housing Association v Vincent Roberts were appeals from County Court decisions to grant Suspended Possession Orders (SPO)

Related Knowledge & Resources

Boundary disputes to be overhauled

While we await the new date for the Property Boundaries Bill to be considered in the House of Commons Our expert looks at the Bill and how it will revolutionise boundary disputes.

Landlords' consent: when can landlords refuse for fear of enfranchisement?

A recent case has updated the law on refusing consent (to assign, sublet, change use etc) on the basis that the tenant might acquire the freehold: it will be harder to do so in some modern leases.

Rights to Light update: How your behaviour with neighbours will impact your risk of an injunction

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal is a stark example of the effect conduct has on the court's discretion to grant an injunction.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016