Social Housing

Our Social Housing Team aims to provide sound, practical advice to local authorities, housing associations and social landlords.  We have the capacity to handle all aspects of tenant management and wider property related disputes.  Our varied experience has cemented us as a key player in the housing market meaning that we can meet all of your legal needs.


Over the last two years I have been instructed by Ashfords on several cases usually to do with housing. Their solicitors are very knowledgeable and great to work with. Ashfords gives sound, practical and thorough advice to social landlords whilst being firm and fair towards their opponents.

Jon Holbrook, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square

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Sian Gibbon

Sian is the head of our Property Litigation Team.

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Consultation requirements do not apply to service charge agreements made prior to construction or letting

The High Court has held that a long term agreement entered into before a building is constructed or let is not a "qualifying long term agreement" (QLTA) under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (the Act) and accordingly, the consultation requirements do not apply to it.

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Care Homes

Ashfords has a wide range of experience in the nursing and residential care home sector. We regularly advise on property and corporate restructuring, refinancing, new build constructions, consultancy arrangements, employment issues, pre-sale due diligence and compliance issues.

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Landlords beware: tenancy agreements must be fair!

The European Court of Justice ("the ECJ") has recently confirmed that Directive 93/14/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts applies to all residential tenancy agreements where the tenant was renting the property for use as his home and the landlord was letting for purposes relating to his "trade, business or profession".

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Clarifying a timing anomaly: Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues [2013] EWCA Civ 669

The court has recently found that a landlord had not been entitled to serve a notice for possession under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 where the tenant's deposit had not been held in accordance with a tenancy deposit scheme authorised under the Housing Act 2004, despite the original tenancy being agreed prior to the provisions of the 2004 Act coming into force.

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Grounds for Possession: "Suitable Alternative Accommodation" does not have to refer to a Specific Property

The Court of Appeal has held that the expression "suitable alternative accommodation" in the Housing Act 1985 (section 84(2)(b) and (c)) is broad enough to encompass accommodation identified by reference to its essential characteristics and did not require the identification of a specific property.

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Property Litigation covers a real variety of work and the cases we work on are invariably interesting and give us the opportunity to work with our clients to achieve their commercial goals.

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