Expert Tenant Management Law Firm in Wales
Blake Morgan is a leading law firm specialising in housing management law based in Cardiff. Our clients are social housing providers, local authorities and charities based or with properties in Wales.
We provide advice and representation to residential landlords on all aspects of the management of their residential properties.
Main Areas Of Practice
Tenancy agreements and leases
We advise on and draft tenancy agreements and leases for our clients to eliminate common problem areas and overcome operational difficulties. We are currently advising on the appropriate agreement for the Welsh Government's new Rent to Own scheme.
Policies and Procedures
We advise on and draft tenant management policies and procedures to ensure compliance with legislation, regulation and Welsh Government guidance.
Tenancy Enforcement, Possession and Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions
We act for Welsh 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
We 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 its 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
We 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.
Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016
We are advising clients on the extensive changes being made to housing law in Wales by this Act.
Our clients are housing associations and charities based in Wales or with residential properties in Wales and who rent in the social housing sector.
"Siân Jones is highly regarded for her knowledge of housing management and leasehold issues, and frequently handles anti-social behaviour cases. Sources say that 'she's got a good reputation and certainly knows her stuff'."
- Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2019
Acting on a highly sensitive case of a tenant with mental health issues who was hoarding and refusing access following a fire in a block of flats. We took a hard line to gain access swiftly to ensure the safety of other residents and this allowed our client to work with the tenant, deal with the hoarding issues and the tenant to remain in occupation.
Obtaining an emergency without notice injunction by telephone on a Friday to prevent a tenant returning to a flat damaged by arson. We obtained the injunction within hours of being instructed and worked with the client's in-house ASB team to obtain and serve the injunction that evening. Practical security measures were put in place for the safety of the residents.
Obtaining a possession order at a summary stage against a tenant whose children were terrorising a city centre neighbourhood notwithstanding the arguments by Counsel for the tenant of mental health issues and Equality Act defences.
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