Blake Morgan is a leading expert Tenant Management Law Firm
Experts in Residential Property Law
Blake Morgan is a leading law firm specialising in housing management law based in our offices in Oxford, Southampton and London. Our clients are social housing providers, local authorities and charities based or with properties in England.
We provide advice and representation to residential landlords on all aspects of the management of their residential properties.
Tenancy agreements and leases
Our social housing experts advise on and draft tenancy agreements and leases for our clients to eliminate common problem areas and overcome operational difficulties.
Policies and Procedures
We advise on and draft tenant management policies and procedures to ensure compliance with legislation, regulation and Homes England guidance.
Tenancy Enforcement, Possession and Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions
We act for English housing associations and charities to provide advice and pursue legal action in relation to anti-social behaviour issues including serious violence, sexual abuse, racism and harassment, drugs and dangerous weapons. We conduct and advise on possession proceedings for rent arrears or breach of tenancy, disrepair claims, Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions to including powers of arrest and exclusion orders, undertakings and committal applications.
Asset Management and Disrepair
Our tenant management experts act and advise on asset management issues including breach of covenants, claims by tenants for compensation for alleged disrepair, Party Wall Act disputes and repairing obligations.
Service Charges and Section 20 Consultation
We advise landlords on meeting their statutory consultation requirements under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 for Major Works, Qualifying Long Term Agreements and Framework Agreements and, when necessary, in applying for dispensation orders. We have recently acted for landlords involved with the issue of liability for replacement cladding and advising on cost recovery for "Waking Watch" services.
We act for landlords in seeking emergency access injunctions to enable landlords to carry out works including gas safety testing, PAT testing, fire safety and other statutory duties.
Neighbour Disputes (Property) and Party Walls
Our social housing experts advise landowners on and provide representation on all aspects of neighbour disputes involving property including boundary disputes, parking disputes, Party Wall Act matters and access for repairs.
Mental Health, Equality Act and Public Law Matters
We advise and provide representation to landlords in cases where their decisions are challenged on Equality Act grounds or public law defences. We work with colleagues in our Health & Social Care team when advising on matters involving tenants with mental health issues.
Advising and representing a national housing association in the First-tier Tribunal responding to a management company's application for dispensation from the section 20 consultation process in respect of one of its residential buildings regarding the replacement of cladding before the application was subsequently withdrawn.
We received urgent instructions on a Friday afternoon to obtain five civil injunctions against a mixture of tenants and visitors to a block of flats. Police evidence was not available at the initial stages and potential lay witnesses were too afraid to assist. We worked quickly with the client to compile a very strong evidential case to overcome the relevant hurdles to obtain five civil injunctions with exclusion zones and powers of arrest. Safety concerns were paramount throughout the matter. All orders were successfully obtained early the following week.
Representing a landlord on recovering possession against a tenant for breach of its pets policy in a live/work unit which was challenged on public law grounds.
Siân Jones is praised by her clients for her "solid technical knowledge and sound problem-solving skills."
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