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Housing Solicitors in Leeds

If you are facing eviction, being harassed by your landlord or experiencing any other issues as a tenant, whether in private or social housing, our specialist housing law solicitors can help.

We have been helping tenants to deal with a wide range of housing law issues for over 20 years, having represented clients at all levels, including in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. We have extensive experience in helping clients to fight eviction with a strong track record of success under even the most challenging circumstances.

Whatever your situation, our Leeds-based housing lawyers can help you to achieve a fair result, protecting your rights to your home and helping to secure your accommodation now and for the future. 

Get in touch with our housing solicitors in Leeds by calling 0113 345 2386 or use the contact form on the right to ask a question.

Our housing law services for tenants in Leeds, Yorkshire and Northern England

We provide straightforward and effective legal advice and representation for private and social tenants in Leeds, as well as across Yorkshire and the rest of Northern England.

Our housing law solicitors can help you with issues including:

  • Fighting eviction
  • Defending possession proceedings
  • Challenging eviction warrants
  • Illegal evictions
  • Landlord harassment
  • Dilapidation issues
  • Anti-social behaviour injunctions
  • Rent disputes
  • Representing people who have been made homeless or are under threat of being made homeless

Housing law FAQs

What are the grounds for eviction?

Depending on the circumstances and the type of tenancy you have, your landlord does not necessarily have to give a reason for evicting you. However, they will need to follow the correct legal process and give you appropriate notice.

If you have an ‘assured shorthold tenancy’ (which most private tenants do) then you landlord can evict you with one of the following:

Section 21 Notice – This must give you at least 2 months’ notice to leave, but you do not necessarily need to leave when these 2 months are up. If you decide not to leave, eviction proceedings then typically take around 7-8 months.

Section 8 Notice – This will give you from 14 days–2 months to leave, but the landlord will need to give a legal reason for ending your tenancy e.g. a significant rent arrears or that you have broken the terms of your tenancy agreement.

Both of these types of eviction notices can be fought and there are different rules for assured tenants, regulated tenants and lodgers, so please get in touch to find out more.

What is an illegal eviction?

If your landlord does not follow the correct legal process when attempting to evict you, the eviction may be illegal.

Examples of behaviour that may qualify as illegal eviction include:

  • Not being given the correct amount of notice
  • The landlord changing the locks without warning
  • You are evicted without a court order

How long do you have to move out after an eviction notice is issued?

This depends on the type of tenancy you have and the type of eviction notice your landlord issues you with. In general, you should be given between 14 days and 2 months to vacate the property, although you will not necessarily have to leave when this notice period is up.

Please speak to a member of our housing law team for specific advice related to your circumstances.

Can you fight an eviction notice?

You can challenge an eviction notice in court and should be able to have the eviction halted if you can prove the eviction notice is not valid. However, it is worth noting that if the court finds in your landlord’s favour, you risk having to pay their legal costs. It is therefore essential to get specialist legal advice before you consider challenging an eviction notice in court.

Can you avoid being evicted for unpaid rent?

You landlord does have the right to begin eviction proceedings if you have not paid your rent, however they must follow the correct legal process to do so. Your landlord will need to apply for a court order to evict you for rent arrears and there will then normally be a court hearing.

Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to negotiate an agreement with your landlord to halt the eviction e.g. by agreeing when you will pay the rent arrears. We may also be able to stop the eviction if your landlord gave an invalid eviction notice.

What is considered harassment by a landlord?

Landlord harassment is a crime and can cover anything your landlord does, or fails to do, that makes you feel unsafe in, or makes you feel you have to leave, the property you are renting from them.

This can include:

  • Threats and physical violence
  • Repeatedly entering the premises without proper notice or good reason
  • Stopping key services, such as electricity
  • Refusing to carry out necessary repairs
  • Withholding keys

If you are being harassed by your landlord, we can help you take action. This can include forcing them to stop their harassing behaviour and potentially allowing you to claim damages.

Why use our housing law solicitors in Leeds?

Our Leeds-based housing lawyers have been supporting tenants across Northern England with all aspects of housing law for more than 20 years. We have a strong track record of success, including representing clients in proceedings all the way up to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Ensuring that every tenant has access to the right legal support is something we feel very passionate about. This is why we were instrumental in setting up a duty solicitor scheme at Leeds County Court ensuring that people in court facing eviction will have the representation they need.

Minton Morrill is Lexcel-accredited by the Law Society in recognition of the high quality of our practice management and client care. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regular Authority (SRA), which ensures that we continue to meet the highest legal and professional standards.

Contact our housing solicitors in Leeds today

If you are facing eviction, being harassed, or facing any other legal issues with your landlord, please get in touch with our Leeds-based housing law solicitors by calling 0113 345 2386 or use the contact form below to ask a question.