Landlord & Tenant


Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner once said “Substantive and procedural law benefits and protects landlords over tenants…and the poor are seldom among the favoured parties.”

This seems a bit inaccurate and pessimistic to us. We say,

“With the right legal advice and a good lawyer on their side, a tenant can achieve a great deal!”

We’ll help you work it out, whatever it is

There is much more to the world of Landlord and Tenant law than just disputes over party walls (although there are plenty of those, too).

Our Landlord & Tenant team deals with a variety of issues affecting both residential and commercial properties. We work closely with the Dispute Resolution and Commercial Property teams, to provide sound advice on a range of matters, including:

  • Negotiation of terms for the grant or renewal of business leases
  • The issues Tenants face arising from obligations in their tenancies
  • Landlords’ portfolio management
  • Acting for Tenants individually or collectively in the purchase of their freehold or extending their leases under the Leasehold Reform legislation
  • Missing or absentee Landlords
  • Disputes over service charges
  • Problem Tenants
  • Taking potential actions against other professional advisors
  • Recommending and coordinating the involvement of other professionals (such as valuers or surveyors)

We are confidently able to offer a comprehensive, one-stop service that is responsive to any Landlord / Tenant issue.

Quality, practical advice to assist your decision making process

Our lawyers are industry experts. It is with good reason that we have the profile and reputation we do in Landlord and Tenant matters. We are the “go to” firm, and our specialist knowledge and expertise mean our clients trust our advice. In keeping with Bishop & Sewell’s philosophy and principles, our advice always adds real value and is of the highest quality.

We pride ourselves on our ability to identify creative and innovative responses to situations of any scale, from larger projects and complex transactions to individual or specialised circumstances.

Your natural choice for Leasehold Reform matters

One particular specialism developed by our Landlord and Tenant team is dealing with the complexities of Leasehold Reform legislation. This includes freehold purchases and lease extensions.

Leaseholders also have the right to be consulted in relation to service charges and can form a recognised tenants’ association.

We among the initial members of ALEP, (the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners), an organisation committed to maintaining high standards and continuing education for those working in the field of Leasehold Reform. Mark Chick is a director of ALEP and sits on its committee.

Our experience of large-scale Leasehold Reform projects makes us a natural choice for matters that require a high degree of co-ordination to succeed.



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Who to contact

For more information the following lawyers will be able to help with Landlord & Tenant.

Mark Chick
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