If you are going to struggle to pay the rent in the months to come because of the present situation then we may be able to help you.
Primarily, we would like to express our camaraderie with you and to all people suffering from the effects of the coronavirus, from which the expected consequences are unprecedented and unfortunately potentially dire for the foreseeable future.
On 18th March 2020, the government announced a package of measures to protect renters and landlords in England and Wales affected by the coronavirus. As a result, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time. Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a 3 month period. As a result of these measures, no renters in private or social accommodation need to be concerned about the threat of eviction. Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, the government has confirmed the 3 month mortgage payment holiday announced yesterday will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. This should alleviate the pressure on landlords, who will be concerned about meeting mortgage payments themselves, and should mean no unnecessary pressure is put on their tenants as a result. At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances. To support this announcement the government has worked with the Master of the Rolls to widen the ‘pre-action protocol’ on possession proceedings, to include private renters and to strengthen its remit. This will support the necessary engagement between landlords and tenants to resolve disputes where landlords will have to reach out to tenants to understand the financial position they are in. The government will also issue guidance which asks landlords to show compassion and to allow tenants who are affected by this to remain in their homes wherever possible.
We are here to help and provide advice, if you should find yourself in the very unfortunate position of being unable to pay your rent due to the coronavirus and as a consequence your landlord is now harassing you for payment and attempting to evict you.
We understand the landscape is changing fast and everyone is feeling very insecure right now. So please call in if you are uncertain of your rights over this period or if you find yourself unable to meet your commitments and your landlord is harassing you or attempting to evict you.
Such behaviour will constitute a crime and must be urgently stopped to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones and to safeguard your interim right to remain in the property. Having your financial stability effected by the coronavirus is through no fault of yours, so let us try to work together to keep a roof over your head.
In solitary with tenants, we have reduced all our internal costs (that are within our control) by 35% to try to assist vulnerable tenants over this period.
If your financial situation has changed where you can no longer pay your rent, we advise you to write to your landlord as soon as possible to explain your current situation. We understand this is a scary time and to commence such a communication can be complicated and intimidating. We are here to help. For a reduced fixed fee of £150.00, LegalRoad can draft you a professional and lawful letter for you to personally send to your landlord. The letter will set out the government’s current moratorium prohibiting the eviction of tenants over the coronavirus crisis, detail your consequential financial situation and put forward your proposal of any monthly rent you may be able to afford to pay for the interim period.
If your landlord is harassing you and attempting to evict you over this period we advise you to immediately seek legal support to protect you and your loved ones from eviction. For a reduced fixed fee of £250.00*, LegalRoad will send a Pre-Litigation Letter to the landlord setting out the current laws on harassment and eviction. We will clearly establish the landlord’s breach of the law and the subsequent civil and criminal penalties, the court can impose upon the landlord. Thereby putting him on notice to immediately cease and desist all further harassment and any attempts to unlawfully evict you from the property. Failing which we will set out your intention to immediately approach the courts with an urgent injunction, within 3 working days, for the court to order your landlord to immediately cease any further harassment and attempts to evict you from the property. Once the court has made an injunction against the landlord, then it is a criminal offence for the landlord to breach this court order, which can result in the landlord be criminally prosecuted and imprisoned.
This Pre-action letter is frequently the most cost effective step for the landlord to accept a professional legal services company is representing you and has put him on official notice for his systematic breach of the law. The landlord normally takes head of our serious intention to urgently take this matter further via the courts and ceases all further harassment and attempts to evict you from the property. In this instance you would no longer need to make any application via the courts for an urgent injunction against the landlord. However we my then proceed directly to Stage 4 for you to lodge compensation claims against the landlord.
If your landlord should fail to adhere to our Pre-Action Letter or has already taken serious unlawful steps to evict you, then please get hold of us immediately. For a reduced fixed fee of £800.00* we will brief our consultant solicitor who will urgently prepare all your legal documents to immediately lodge an urgent injunction at the county court. Thereby requesting the court to make an urgent order (normally within 3 working days) for the landlord to immediately stop harassing you or any further attempts to evict you from the property. You will be represented by a duly qualified barrister at the hearing who will also make a request for the court to award you all your legal fees to date for this action. Costs are normally awarded in favour of the winning party and are entirely at the discretion of the court. This fee is inclusive of all work undertaken up to the completion of the 1st hearing. The fee excludes any court fees. Court fees range from £308.00 if your claim commences in county court for harassment and attempted illegal eviction and increases to £528.00 for a possession claim lodged in the High Court. You may not have to pay a fee, or you may get some money off it if you only have a small amount of savings and investments, receive certain benefits or are on a low income.
The benefit of an injunction is that you have the complete power of the law behind you. The court will put the landlord on notice for a specified period of time where he is not permitted to harass you or evict you and inform the landlord that if he doesn’t stop harassing you, this behaviour will constitute a criminal offence which can then be prosecuted in the criminal courts, and followed up with a prison sentence.
If we can factually establish your landlord has unlawfully harassed you, evicted you or attempted to evict you; then LegalRoad would consider taking on your claim for compensation claim on a no win no fee (NWNF) basis. We will then make an application on your behalf for the landlord to pay you a rent repayment order (up to the maximum value of 12 months of your rent paid) via the First-tier Tribunal and where we would receive an agreed fixed fee upon you achieving an award for compensation.
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* All prices are exclusive of VAT
If you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us for an initial free telephone conversation.