We fight for your rights | Expert advice on all aspects of housing law
Are you homeless or are there reasons why you cannot continue to live in your current property?
Has your landlord served you notice or applied to court for possession of your home?
Has your mortgage lender applied to the court for possession of your home?
Have you been accused of anti-social behaviour?
If so, we may be able to assist.
Our solicitors and advisers have expertise in offering advice in housing law. We are one of a few firms offering such expertise. We are committed to ensuring people’s housing needs and rights are recognised by their landlord, housing associations or the Local Authorities.
We have a wide range of experience with cases being in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.
“We recognise that the threat of eviction or homelessness can be an extremely stressful and daunting experience and our friendly advisers are on hand to provide advice and assistance to you at a time you need it most.”
We offer housing advice in Hampshire under our Housing and Debt contract with the Legal Aid Agency which consists of our team of solicitors and advisers offering advice on Housing and Debt (so far as this relates to the potential loss of your home).
Housing Advice Clinic
If you wish to discuss concerns, simply call the office to speak to a member of the housing team on 023 92 483322 to book an appointment with an adviser. He/she will discuss your housing problems with you in this appointment. Your first interview is FREE. At this appointment you will be assessed to see if you are eligible for legal aid and if so we may be able to open a file to assist you further with your housing problem.
In order to offer housing advice across South Hampshire we have set up outreach sessions to ensure there are access points across Hampshire so that we can come to you.
We currently attend:
- Gosport Voluntary Action Group Offices, Martin Snape House, 96 Pavillion Way, Gosport, PO12 1FG – this takes place every Wednesday from 1pm until 4pm.
- Portsmouth Citizens Advice Bureau, Ark Royal House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2GF – this takes place every Friday and appointments are available every 45 minutes.
If you need an appointment at any of these outreach offices please contact the Havant office on 023 92 483322 to arrange a suitable appointment.
Court Advice Scheme
Swain & Co Solicitors have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to provide the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme at Portsmouth County Court and Southampton County Court on days where there are Possession Claims listed. These days vary depending on the court.
We have advisers on hand at Court to represent those facing eviction from their home, regardless of their income. If you have a possession hearing listed on one of those days in relation to rent arrears or mortgage arrears, simply attend Court and ask to speak to an adviser from the Housing Advice Desk. We can negotiate with your landlord or lender, attend the hearing with you and write to you with a follow up letter of advice. In certain circumstances we may be able to continue assisting you under legal aid from the Legal Aid Agency, if you meet the criteria.
If your case relates to a Section 21 notice, anti-social behaviour or any other type of issue that does not strictly relate to rent or mortgage arrears, we would advise you to contact the office in the first instance, as it may be that you cannot receive assistance on the day under the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme, but we may be able to assist under Legal Aid or other terms of funding instead.
If you wish to discuss your case with someone before you attend court then please do not hesitate to contact the Havant office on 023 92 483322 or the Southampton Office on 023 80 631111.
Other areas of law
We have a vast range of solicitors and advisers specialising in many different areas of law. Therefore, where necessary we can also ensure you are offered advice in related matters from our colleagues, whether it is family, personal injury, benefits or community care to ensure you are offered a unified service.