My tenants have left, but not handed back the keys. Can I change the locks?
If you believe, or have reasonable cause to believe, that your tenant has ceased to reside in the premises, you are entitled to change the locks without serving notice or getting a court order. We would always urge you to seek advice though, to avoid any potential claims for unlawful eviction.
What if the tenant still doesn’t leave when the possession order says they should?
In this case, you will need to instruct a bailiff. Again, we offer a fixed fee to assist you with this. A bailiff appointment can take four to six weeks to obtain.
How long will it take?
This will vary depending on if the tenant raises a defence/ counterclaim, and how quickly the court deals with the matter. Typically, both proceedings can take four to six months.
What happens after the notice has expired?
If the tenant doesn’t leave, then we can help you to issue a claim for possession at court.
How do I get my property back?
Whether your tenants have rent arrears, have caused damage or you simply need it back, the first step is to serve them with either a Section 21 Notice or a Section 8 Notice (under the Housing Act 1988).
Whats the difference?
A Section 21 Notice must be in writing and give two clear months’ notice. There are also additional requirements depending on when the tenancy started. The tenant doesn’t have to have breached their tenancy.
A Section 8 Notice must be in a prescribed form and gives two weeks’ notice. It applies when the tenant has breached their tenancy in some way, usually by building up rent arrears.
I want to sell my business how much will it cost?
There are numerous factors that affect the sale of a business and there is no one size fits all answer to this question; your business is after all unique and something in which you have invested significant time and effort. If you are thinking of selling your business we have an experienced and dedicated corporate and commercial team who can guide you through the process and will be happy to provide you with a number of different options in terms of our costs.
Do I need terms and conditions for my business?
Properly drafted terms and conditions will provide clarity and help avoid costly disputes. They will help protect your business, ensure you comply with the law and prevent miscommunication with your customers. Whilst there are certain terms that are common from one business to another it is important to ensure that your terms properly reflect your business.
How do I buy a care home?
There is a lot to consider when buying a care home. Firstly, are you buying the existing company (i.e. the shares of the company through which the home is operated) or the business of that company? This is a fundamental question as it affects much of what follows. The care home will be an ongoing business and the apportionment of costs/liabilities/income etc. both before and after the purchase is completed will be affected. There are also regulatory considerations that must be borne in mind.
What are articles of association?
The articles of association are the basis of a company’s constitution regulating its operations. It is possible to adopt standardised model articles but it is important to consider your requirements as the articles can be amended to suit once they are properly understood. We can help you consider the options and tailor your company’s constitution.
Do I need a solicitor to register a limited company?
It is not essential that you engage a solicitor but certainly advisable that you do. There are a number of different kinds of limited company and it may be that an alternative structure such as a Limited Liability Partnership is more appropriate. There are considerations that if not addressed correctly at the outset can have a significant impact later. Sound professional advice can help you deal with such issues properly and tailor the company to your specific circumstances.