Property Solicitors who understand your property issues including building disputes for builders and property owners, Trusts of Land (ToLATA) disputes and advice on all Landlord and Tenant issues.
If you have a property dispute, such as a builder who has not completed a project according to the contract, or you are a landlord or tenant needing advice, or perhaps someone with a Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (ToLATA) issue where you need to establish your share in a property which is jointly owned, Routh Clarke are here to help you. Call us for a no-obligation chat about your problems and see if we can point you in the right direction.
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Our Builder's Dispute Guide will help you with your cash flow, which is the single biggest killer of big and small businesses alike. To avoid cash flow difficulties, we give advice on the way to approach issues with projects and payments and how to communicate with customers who are not paying your invoices. This system once in place will enable all parties to set out their positions, so it is more clear what the reasons for the problems or lack of payments are. We also offer a fixed fee customer contract review, so please contact us if this is of interest.
A lot of building project issues arise because of a breakdown in communication or a mis-match of expectations to reality. For very small projects, like the plumber coming round to service your boiler, most people do not worry about paperwork. However, the bigger the project, the more important it is there is a written agreement, setting out exactly what work should be done and how much it will cost. Our Property Owner's Guide helps you to understand how to deal with any problems that may arise. We can assist at any stage of the process, whether it is at the beginning preparing contracts, or during the life of the project should a building dispute arise.
A Scott schedule is a special form of pleading that was originally devised by George Alexander Scott, an Official Referee, for use in building disputes. Over the years this has gradually been adapted, in various forms, to other types of litigation. In the area of building disputes, Scott Schedules are used to identify precisely the questions that a judge will have to decide. They are often used in cases where there are complaints of bad workmanship, where the work done is disputed and particularly in deciding how much should be paid to the party who is ordered to rectify the defects.
The Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (ToLATA) is a complicated area of law. Our website aims to give you a simplified explanation, together with a step-by-step guide on how to go forward with a ToLATA dispute. However, it is not intended as a substitute for proper legal advice. Many of the cases we see in this area are when couples split up and the ownership, or their "interest" in a property comes into dispute and they disagree with the proportion each of them should receive when it is sold, or the ownership transferred. We help our clients to gain their rightful interest and have even done so when other solicitors have failed.
If you're a residential landlord in England and Wales, your top priority is to protect your investment and also your rental income. However, you have many responsibilities to your tenants, such as protecting their deposit and checking their right to rent in the UK (Immigration Act 2014). At the same time, your tenants also have obligations to you under the tenancy agreement, such as paying the rent. Managing and letting a property can be complicated, particularly when problems arise, so if you have a question or a problem, contact us now for clear, sound advice.
Over a third of properties in England in Wales are rented and just over half of those are properties owned by private landlords (2011 Census data). That's over 4.2m households. Even though the majority of landlords treat their tenants fairly and abide by the law, there are some who are unscrupulous. If you are unlucky enough to have one of these as your landlord, it is vital to know your rights. Many tenants do not realise that landlords have responsibilities towards them and even when they do, sometimes they are too scared to question them or complain for fear of eviction. If you're one of these tenants and have a problem you need to discuss, we're here to help.