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Letting agents offered ‘free’ legal advice during pandemic

16 November 2020 | Renting

Letting agents offered ‘free’ legal advice during pandemic

Letting agents are being offered a free consultation helpline during the pandemic. 

Julie Condliffe, a lawyer and property investment expert, says the government’s provisions for the rental sector during the Coronavirus crisis have been aimed largely at tenants while property professionals “have been left significantly out of pocket by unpaid rents and are unsure of what legal steps they are able to pursue in order to regain control of their property portfolios.” 

Condliffe says that while Covid-19 has undoubtedly been tough for tenants, public sympathies and government support has been unfairly weighted towards those living in rented accommodation.

Backed by a team of specialist solicitors at Creative Legals, Condliffe says she wants to level the playing field by using her standing within the legal community.

The helpline is therefore available to agents and landlords until December 2.

She says: “Although I have experienced homelessness myself in the past, it is apparent that the plight of the average UK landlord is vastly under-represented and many landlords have been left in severe financial distress. 

“Government assistance mainly focuses on tenants as the vulnerable party in any dispute and have therefore been provided with some assistance to help them through the pandemic. Yet landlords are in a far less favourable position with minimal assistance offered. I want to encourage landlords who are finding themselves in difficulty to use my free legal consultation helpline that they can engage with the expert team at Creative Legals and discuss their own unique circumstances.

“Every case is different, yet there are always ways through even the darkest and most difficult of problems in the property investment sphere.”

To book a fee legal consultation, there’s an online form here.

This post has originally been featured in Letting Agent Today.