Housing and Community Law problems:
Sternberg Reed Solicitors in Barking, Grays and Romford, East London, Essex offer help with all aspects of housing problems
The Housing and Community Law Department, which is part of the Civil Litigation Department, undertakes a wide range of work in the housing and community law sphere on behalf of both private and legally aided individuals. It also advises and represent local authorities, charities, and other public authorities.
Our work includes public and private law cases, with particular expertise in the public law arena of judicial review.
The department has conducted a number of leading cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and House of Lords/Supreme Court.
Set out below is just an outline of the work that we undertake. If you are unsure as to whether or not we are able to help you with your community care or housing problem, then please do not hesitate to call. In the rare event that either this department, or one of the firms other departments, is unable to assist we will be happy to put you in touch with an organisation that may be able to help with your problem.
Housing work undertaken:
- Possession proceedings, involving private and public landlords, including arrears; security of tenure; anti-social behaviour; succession; trespass; and mortgage possession;
- Urgent applications to set aside, suspend and/or postpone possession orders and warrants for possession;
- Homelessness, including advice and representation in reviews and appeals, as well as urgent applications for judicial review;
- Disrepair, including housing standards; damages claims; injunctions to enforce housing standards/repair and Environmental Protection Act 1990 prosecutions;
- Housing Benefit, including reviews; appeals; and judicial review;
- ASBO, including representation in freestanding applications for ASBO’s by the police and local authorities in both the County Court and Magistrates Court, as well in the higher courts on appeal;
- Advice and representation to travellers in relation to possession and enforcement proceedings, including judicial review;
- Closure Orders, commonly referred to as “crack house closures” in the Magistrates Courts and Crown Courts;
- Disputes between co-owners;
- Injunctions to restrain harassment/unlawful eviction from landlords and to enforce tenancy rights;
- Unlawful eviction, including applications to re-instate tenants unlawfully displaced and claims for damages;
- Housing allocation, including representation in relation to challenges to council housing allocation schemes;
- Advice and representation to Tenants Associations and management Committees.
- Advice and assistance in obtaining an assessment and/or care plan;
- Advice and representation in securing accommodation and support for essential living needs through community care services.
- Advice and representation in relation to access to community care grants and other services.
- Assessment and services for older persons; homeless persons; drug and alcohol dependency; learning disabilities; physical disablilities; persons with HIV; and mental health service users.
- Childrens services, including community care advice for parents and children; homeless minors; services for persons leaving care. Residential and Care Home accommodation, including the provision of services; care planning; charging for residential accommodation; and suitability of accommodation.
- Access to health and community care services.
- Persons subject to immigration control, including advice and representation in relation to access to accommodation and services.
- Judicial review proceedings in the High Court
Public Law - Judicial Review
We have considerable experience of acting for claimants, defendants, and interveners/interested parties in most areas of Judicial Review, including, but not limited to:
- Community Care;
- Access to healthcare and treatment, including access to various medical interventions and drugs;
- Criminal law;
- Human rights and civil liberties.
Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Issues
- Advice and representation in relation to best interests/welfare proceedings/declarations before the Court of Protection and the High Court.
- Advice and assistance in relation to deprivation of liberty and issues under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards;
- Advice and assistance in relation to assessment and care planning
- Note we do not have a Legal Aid contract to undertake mental health tribunal work.
We are able to undertake advocacy in all local courts in those matter in which we have expertise.
Why choose Sternberg Reed?
We hold three independent accreditations for the quality of our service and are regularly audited to make sure that our standards remain high.
Who should I contact?
Please contact 020 8591 3366 or complete the on-line form.