Through our holding company Legal Road Limited we can assist you to keep your unlawful landlord at bay and prevent any further attempts by the landlord to harass you into giving up your property and attempts to unlawfull evict you from the property.
Legal Road is a renowned legal services company. We provide our clients with access to a wide and exclusive portfolio of legal consultants including solicitors and barristers. Our lawyers specialise in housing law and landlord & tenant actions. Over the last 3 years, Legal Road has successfully helped to defend and protect hundreds of tenants from unscrupulous landlords.
Via a potential 3 stage process, LegalRoad can assist you to stop your landlord proceeding any further with his unlawful harassment of you and with any further attempts to evict you from the property and for you to obtain a substantial compensation award for the landlord’s breach of the law.
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 1st stage Pre-action letter is frequently the cost effective step to the process as the landlord accepts a professional legal services company has put him on official notice for his systematic breach of the law and 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 3 for you to lodge compensation claims against the landlord.
If your landlord should fail to adhere to our Pre-Action Letter then for a fixed fee of £800.00* one of consultant solicitor’s 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 or 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.
* All prices are exclusive of VAT
Section 1(2)(3) and (3A) of the Protection from Eviction Act (PFEA) 1977 sets out the definitions for unlawful eviction or harassment of occupiers:
A “residential occupier” means a person occupying the premises as a residence, whether under a contract or by virtue of any enactment or rule of law giving him the right to remain in occupation or restricting the right of any other person to recover possession of the premises.
It is a breach of the law if any person unlawfully deprives the residential occupier of any premises of his occupation of the premises or any part thereof, or attempts to do so, and he shall be guilty of an offence unless he proves that he believed, and had reasonable cause to believe, that the residential occupier had ceased to reside in the premises.
Any person will be guilty of an offence if he has the intent to cause the residential occupier of any premises –
While the landlord of a residential occupier or an agent of the landlord shall be guilty of an offence if –
and (in either case) knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, that that his conduct is likely to cause the residential occupier to give up the occupation of the whole or part of the premises or to refrain from exercising any right or pursuing any remedy in respect of the whole or part of the premises.
A person shall not be guilty of an offence under if he proves that he had reasonable grounds for doing the acts or withdrawing or withholding the services in question.