Housing rights

Housing Rights

We are one of the leading social housing firms in the UK with a long track record of success in protecting the housing rights of owner-occupiers, tenants and other occupiers.

The Chambers legal directory for 2016 places the firm in Band 1 for this work, describing the firm’s work in this area as “fantastic”.

We have extensive experience of acting in claims for breaches of repairing duties for tenants and leaseholders, securing injunctions to ensure remedial works are carried out as well as compensation for distress and personal injuries. We also act for tenants who have been unlawfully evicted, securing some of the highest ever reported awards for damages as well as court orders for re-entry where appropriate.

We represent tenants who have been victims of harassment bring claims against their neighbours. We also have expertise in bringing claims against local authorities, social landlords and the police where they have failed to respond adequately to reports of harassment and abuse, in particular where it is directed towards those with disabilities and where it is racially motivated.

We often act in judicial review claims and test cases brought on behalf of housing occupiers, both individually and as groups; for example, challenging housing allocations policies, estate regeneration decisions, decisions to cut services, and decisions to levy unlawful charges.

We also have experience of challenging planning permission and planning enforcement decisions which affect housing occupiers; for example, we acted for some of the Dale Farm travellers in successfully overturning planning enforcement decisions and the refusal of planning permission for an alternative site.