Landlord and Tenant

- About Us

expert landlord and tenant with Bate & Albon.

At Bate and Albon, our team of specialist solicitors have extensive experience working with landlords and tenants. Whether a landlord or a tenant, it’s likely you will require specialist legal advice from time to time. From lease extensions to tenancy disputes, these types of matters can be complicated and stressful. We provide support and legal guidance to resolve matters as quickly as possible.

Our solicitors act on behalf of freeholders, leaseholders, Right to Manage companies, residents’ management companies, landlords and tenants. We take all perspectives into account from all parties involved to enable us to offer the most suitable advice.

- Our Services

What areas do
we cover?

Landlord and Tenant

As a landlord or tenant, disputes can arise, whether it’s damage to a property, maintenance, or payment and interest issues.

No matter the scenario, we can guide you through every step to help you deal with matters efficiently and effectively. Whether the matter requires negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or to go through the civil court or tribunal process, our experienced solicitors are here to support you and help you achieve the best possible outcome.


This technical area of law requires specialist expertise. From lease extensions to collectively buying a freehold, at Bate & Albon, we offer straight forward advice in this complex area, we can advise on:

  • Lease extensions (both formal and informal)
  • Right of first refusal for leaseholders under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987
  • Renewal of commercial leases
  • Roof space/air space development leases
  • Breaches of lease by leaseholders or freeholders
  • Dissolved freehold companies/missing freeholder cases
  • Freehold enfranchisement
  • Right to Manage
  • Bona Vacantia Property
  • Tribunal Appointed Managers
  • Many, many other types of leasehold issues
Possession proceedings

We have a team of lawyers who can advise both landlords and tenants on the residential possession process, including bringing or defending accelerated possession proceedings (section 21 notice) or standard possession proceedings (section 8 notice) or claims against trespassers.

We will be able to review your case and advise on the options and risks before steps are taken in Couty Court proceedings. There is a litany of rules and regulations that apply to residential lettings, with the legal landscape changing year to year. Up to date legal advice is therefore crucial to avoid a misstep, wasted time or costs.

Our experience

Our team handles only landlord and tenant cases, day in, day out. We deal with the Court and First-tier Tribunal constantly and read leases and tenancy agreements on a daily basis. This means we are up to date on procedure, case law and tactics for cases that fall within this area of law. Our set up enables us to operate at a high level, given that we are not spread across multiple areas of law.

We successfully conclude hundreds of lease extensions, collective enfranchisements, service charge disputes and possession cases every year, and you will find that we guide our clients rather than sit back. We are proactive, organised and use plain English in our communication with you. This results in fantastic feedback for how we take the stress out of legal matters for our clients.

Find out about these areas in more detail

Lease Extensions

Our landlord and tenant team specialises in lease extensions and handles a multitude of cases every year. Whether you’re a freeholder, a leaseholder, or a residents’ management company, we’re here to simplify the lease extension process for you.

There are many reasons for bringing a lease extension claim; to be able to remortgage, to be able to sell, to remove an onerous ground rent clause, amongst others. We understand the nuances of the lease extension process and how these will differ depending on your needs and circumstances.

Possession Proceedings

At some point in the life of a landlord, the need to regain possession of your residential property from may arise. This process can be intricate and daunting due to the ever increasing regulatory requirements of letting residential property, but with our expert legal service, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. In this extensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process of obtaining possession, covering various scenarios, the legal framework, and the steps involved.

Collective Enfranchisement

Are you part of a group of leaseholders looking to take control of your property’s destiny or a freeholder that has been served with a s.13 notice?

Collective enfranchisement, often referred to as freehold acquisition, is a specialised process that is part legal and part project management, and we’re here to guide you through it. We have assisted large groups of leaseholders to collectively enfranchise their block, set up a new management company and put in place a new management structure.

Likewise, we also act for landlords to ensure they avoid the pitfalls of failing to respond to a s.13 claim notice correctly, and to ensure they are properly compensated for the loss of the property.

Ricky Coleman
Ricky Coleman
- Meet the Team

Who handles Landlord and Tenant Cases at Bate & Albon?

The partner with ultimate responsibility for work carried out on your matter will be Ricky Coleman. Ricky has years of experience working on cases to support landlords and tenants across the England and Wales.

- Contact

Need to Speak to us?

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Contact one of Our
Landlord and Tenant experts

Brighton: 01273 525766

Eastbourne: 01323 406080

Chichester: 01243 271490

Worthing: 01903 369959

- Where are we?

Commercial Property Solicitors in Brighton, Chichester, Eastbourne & Worthing

As a firm based in in East and West Sussex, Bate & Albon are specialists in our local property landscape. We make it a priority that you and both parties receive full clarity and premium service when it comes to business premises and commercial property. Our highly professional team of legal experts ensure that you and your property are in safe hands.

Looking for a solicitor to help you with your property? Contact Carl Bate to see how we can help you with your matter.