Landlord Action achieves law firm status

Eviction service Landlord Action has achieved status as a legal firm. It has become an Alternative Business Structure, approved and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

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Landlord Action was initially set up in 1999 as an anti-establishment alternative after a group of landlords got together to set up an eviction service as an alternative to using a solicitor. They did, however, have written advice from a QC.

The firm’s new status means Landlord Action has now become part of the establishment and means it can conduct all the legal work on behalf of landlords and agents itself.

At its inception Landlord Action redefined the legal eviction process by naming it as The Three Steps; unlike lawyers it charged fixed fees. Landlords and agents across the country were clearly pleased with the offering and the firm has now acted in more than 25,000 eviction cases.

But Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina claims that as the buy-to-let industry grew, an eviction industry sprang up – all following the Landlord Action model.
“The internet is now full of Landlord Action copycats that appear to offer the same service – but are not the same dedicated eviction specialists. We realise that our original idea has spawned an entire internet industry that now endangers the very landlords and agents we set out to protect,” he said.

From the start, Landlord Action always used external solicitors to review every case, issue at court and brief advocates, and it has always used advocates at court. Over the years, it used a panel of solicitors firms that, for the most part, have served landlords and letting agents well but ultimately Landlord Action did not have overall control over what was going on.

In 2012, in order to improve standards and provide a better service, Landlord Action decided to bring solicitors in-house and a new Legal Director, Justin Selig, was appointed. He recruited a whole new legal team of experts in the specific area of housing law.

Under its new status of law firm Landlord Action still only specialises in Housing Law and only represents landlords and agents – never tenants.