A tenant’s breach may allow a landlord to forfeit the lease. Forfeiture is a powerful weapon, which courts can be reluctant to execute, and is a complex area of law. It is important that a landlord does not take action without proper legal advice to ensure forfeiture is a viable option and that it is exercised correctly.
Our team is experienced in advising landlords on their forfeiture options and the steps necessary to forfeit a lease. We can provide advice from the early stages of the dispute through to the forfeiture itself, whether that proceeds by court application or by peaceable re-entry.
We also act for tenants in protecting against and applications for relief from forfeiture. Our work advising both landlords and tenants means we understand the position of both parties in the dispute, which helps us to advise tenants on how to respond to threats of forfeiture and on the tactics for a successful relief application.