What we're not:
We're not a deposit reclaim outfit that's looking for another income stream. Deposit reclaim is easy and you can do that yourself without having to pay extortionate commissions of up to 35% to 45%- this brilliant DIY pack by Unipol will help. Shelter also has useful resources here. You will see a couple of deposit reclaim outfits advertising on google: they are not solicitors even though they may show pictures of solicitors on their websites. Please check their Terms & Conditions very carefully...
We're not solicitors and never claim to be or try to pass ourselves off as such. If we were solicitors, you probably would not end up getting much rent back after fees. We do, however, have extensive knowledge of the Rent Repayment Order process and the relevant laws. This is an esoteric area of law that many solicitors do not have experience of.
What we are:
Flat Justice was formed to provide specialist help to other tenants who want to make a Rent Repayment Order. We are the only true specialist in this field. We offer free help with DIY applications, which we encourage, as well as our paid representation service.
Our mission is to help tenants, not to make to money. Hopefully we do both, but our fees are the lowest we think we can charge without going bust
We see ourselves as more of a social movement and campaign to improve the law in this area and private tenants' rights generally. We see RROs as a powerful way for tenants to get redress but it's a relatively new area of law and there is a lot of misunderstanding around: amongst tenants, landlords and local authorities. It was Flat Justice that had the RRO1 form corrected at the start of 2019 to remove the 12 months' prior to application limitation -see here. We want to establish case law for RROs under The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (HaPA) and have taken on a number of Appeal cases, some pro bono (without charge), to help establish legal precedents for the benefit of all tenants. We also campaign actively on Twitter under the handle @FlatJusticeCIC
We meet regularly with Local Authorities to make them aware of our work and give them updates on developments in the area of RRO application. We also contribute to LA guides for tenants on RROs.
We give feedback to Government bodies on issues relevant to RROs -e.g. see here
We issue press-releases and are often invited to write or contribute to articles relating to RRO and housing matters
exactly, we are:
, exactly, we are:
Flat Justice Community Interest Company is a Not-For-Profit company that has a special structure under company law. Such companies are designed for social projects and enterprises that work to help the communities they serve: they have to pass a community interest test. In our case, specifically, helping tenants in the Private Rented Sector, mainly in London. The company has an Asset Lock: that means the assets of the company are used to achieve its stated aims. Our Articles of Association specify that, if and when the company should be wound up, the remaining assets will be donated to Shelter, the housing charity.
Flat Justice has Professional Indemnity Insurance and is a member
of AdviceUK, a quality assessment and training organisation for social
welfare advisory services.
Flat Justice has Professional Indemnity Insurance and is a member of AdviceUK, a quality assessment and training organisation for social welfare advisory services.
Founded by Daniel Herm-Morris BA (Hons): "Mostly,
like me, we are or were tenants of unlicensed
who realised that the process of claiming compensation from rogue
landlords can be difficult, expensive and time consuming. Flat Justice
wants to make it all easier. " Flat Justice currently has 2
full-time staff and 1 part-time.
" Flat Justice currently has 2 full-time staff and 1 part-time.
Flat Justice is more a network than a company. We don't have, or believe in, a hierarchical structure: we're concentrating on getting justice for you.
We have a registered mail address at:
85 (First Floor), Great Portland Street, London W1W 7LT.
But don't come round knocking: we probably won't be there. We work mainly from home to save money.
The majority of HMOs are unlicensed, yet Councils on average only prosecute 1 or 2 per year due to lack of resources. This means that most rogue landlords have been easily getting away with ignoring the law. Unlicensed properties are not usually inspected and may not conform with strict Health & Safety and Fire regulations: they can put the health and safety of their tenants, and their neighbours, at risk and are a menace to the community.
New legislation that came into force in April 2017 (Housing Act 2016) allows tenants to directly claim compensation in the form of a Rent Repayment Order and Flat Justice CIC was formed to increase awareness of this procedure and help tenants make such claims either by themselves or with our help.