What happens if I am caught up in a property dispute?

Whether you are a landlord, tenant or a homeowner, being involved in a property dispute can be a stressful and difficult time if you do not have the right advice to hand.

According to data published by The Property Ombudsmen, disputes between landlords and tenants are slowly increasing all across the UK – with the most common reasons for complaints including ‘poor management’, ‘communication and record-keeping issues’ and ‘problems with tenancy agreements, inventories and deposits’.

Similarly, separate research from price comparison website GoCompare suggests that neighbour disputes remain a big issue in certain UK regions. In a survey carried out in October, the group found that London, for example, ranked as the UK’s number one ‘hotspot’ for ‘nasty neighbour behaviour’, whilst South East England was one of the top destinations for ‘noise’ complaints.

Even minor disagreements or disturbances between neighbours, or landlords and tenants, can quickly spiral out of control and become a major drain on your time and resources unless handled quickly and efficiently. A small disagreement can quickly turn into a bitter legal battle if advice isn’t sought early on.

Depending on the nature of the dispute, it might not always be necessary – or sensible – to pursue a lengthy court battle in order to reach a resolution.

Landlords and tenants should always consider alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and any other alternative options which might help them to bring a disagreement to an end in a speedier – and often less costly – manner.

Here at Palmers Solicitors, we advise homeowners, landlords and tenants on how to resolve issues ranging from party wall and boundary disputes, to noise nuisances and leasehold and ground rent disputes.

For more information about how we can help, please contact our team today.