Landlord and Tenant Service Fees

Chelian Law Solicitors is a well-established law practice with a reputation for expertise and achievement. We have a specialist team of lawyers who focus on all cases involving Landlord and Tenant matters.

All members of the specialist Landlord and Tenant team have many years’ experience and the skills needed in dealing with all aspects of this complex area of law, providing a comprehensive and high-quality legal service to the general public. We recognise that everyone’s circumstances are different, therefore, our fees are calculated on a case by case basis depending on complexity and your particular needs. We will always be upfront with you about our costs and usually deal with cases on a fixed fee basis if appropriate.

Clear and Transparent Fees

In accordance with the Solicitors’ Regulatory Transparency Rules, we are required to ensure that members of the public have transparent, accurate and relevant information about a solicitor or firm when they are considering purchasing certain legal services.Below we have listed our charges for dealing with the matters that we most commonly encounter. If your matter does not fall into one of these matters, then we will provide you with a bespoke quote.

The level of cost involved will be dependent on the seniority of the solicitor you choose to instruct to represent you in this matter on the basis that time is charged at an hourly rate or whether you agree to instruct the firm on the basis that a fixed fee will be applicable.

Hourly Rates for Landlord and Tenant Cases

If you instruct the solicitor on the basis of an hourly rate, then the chargeable rate is set out below:

Status Pay Band Hourly rate
Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience  £250 
Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience  £225 
Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent  £200 
Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners  £175 

Section 21 (Accelerated Possession Proceedings)

When a landlord wishes to take a property back which can be for numerous reasons, including to make renovations or simply sell it, a non-fault process known as Section 21 (S.21) proceedings is used to achieve this. It is vital that all the paperwork is correct otherwise you will not be successful and have to start the process all over again, costing you further time and money.

  • S.21 Notice – Agreed fee
  • This includes: Taking instructions, preparing and agreeing S.21 Notice, serving on Tenants, providing Certificate of Service.

  • Issuing Proceedings – £2000 + VAT
  • This includes:

    Taking Instructions, checking documentation, drafting the Claim, issuing the Claim, either requesting a Possession Order or reporting to you with any Defence / Counterclaim, communications with you and the Court.

    If proceedings are issued, then you will also incur a Court Fee of £355

    Section 8 (Full Possession Proceedings)

    If you have rent arrears or your tenant is being difficult and causing problems for other tenants or neighbours. Under these circumstances you can still remove them under the S.21 proceedings, however any outstanding rent cannot be claimed for. Therefore, you can instead choose to pursue a fault based process known as Section 8 (S.8). This process allows for the removal of bad tenants. This is a quicker process than S.21, but again it is vital that your paperwork is correct paperwork.

  • S.8 Notice – Agreed fee
  • This includes: Taking instructions, preparing and agreeing S.8 Notice, serving on Tenants, providing Certificate of Service.
  • Issuing Proceedings – £2000 + VAT
  • This includes:

    Taking Instructions, checking documentation, drafting the Claim, issuing the Claim, either requesting a Possession Order or reporting to you with any Defence / Counterclaim, communications with you and the Court.

    If proceedings are issued, then you will also incur a Court Fee of £325.

    Bailiffs – Eviction (Warrant of Possession)

    If you need to instruct Bailiffs for either Section 21 or Section 8 notices, the following fee applies – £1000+ VAT

    This includes:

    Taking Instructions, issuing Court Form, instructing the Bailiff, communication with you.

    This does not include: Our attendance at the eviction, instructing a locksmith.

    If proceedings are issued, then you will also incur a Court Fee of £121

    VAT & Disbursements

    Our fees and some disbursements are subject to VAT at 20%.

    Disbursements are charges payable in addition to our fees, normally to a third party. They can include fees payable to the barristers, search providers and travel costs. The amount charged for the disbursements depends upon several variables, therefore, we will advise you of the correct charges when we have an initial consultation to ascertain all the facts.

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