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Housing and Benefits


Professional legal advice regarding housing & benefits issues can’t just shut the door on these problems but it can provide the key to dealing with them.

Howells has a long and proud tradition of protecting and exercising the housing rights of tenants in disputes with both private and public sector landlords.

How we can help

Our housing team can assist with:

  • Defending possession proceedings
  • Taking action over disrepair
  • Claiming for harassment and/or unlawful eviction
  • Advising on homelessness issues, including Local Authority assistance
  • Advising on tenancy agreements
  • Advising on succession and assignment of your tenancy
  • Defending injunctions for anti-social behaviour
  • Housing claims- including possession and evictions
  • Advice on benefits


Legal Aid

Please note that Legal Aid is now only available for possession cases and homelessness cases, and for disrepair cases if there is a threat of serious injury or harm occurring if the repairs are not done.

However, do not let cost be a barrier to seeking help – we will look at any available funding and payment options to assist you.

Fixed fees

Our fixed fee services are designed to make Housing advice accessible and affordable and to give peace of mind that you will know from the outset the total costs.

An initial diagnostic interview will cost £200.00 plus VAT.

If further work is required we will be able to give you an estimate at the diagnostic interview of any additional costs.

The Housing team

Our team, headed up by housing law expert Graham Hogarth, is a dedicated team with many years of experience. Delivering quality law with excellent care, they understand that they’re not dealing with ‘cases’ but with people, not bound up in legal process but in real lives. It’s a team you’ll want on your side.

How can we help? Contact us today

Contact us and one of our advisors will be in touch to discuss your situation. We will take some initial information and if we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.

    Housing Drop-in Sessions

    To prove eligibility for Legal Aid, please bring proof of income with you. This includes:

    • Proof of benefits
    • 3 months bank statements
    • 3 months wage slips if you are employed

    If you are at risk or have been made homeless, or need help with possession proceedings, our advice drop-in at Sheffield is open:





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    What Do Our
    Clients Say?

    "I was seen by Graham Hogarth as he is a specialist in Housing. He was amazing and knows the law inside and out. He really put me at ease and outlined everything and all possibilities/outcomes. His knowledge is unparalleled. He acted very quickly & kept me informed all the way through making sure I understood the process. I would highly recommend."

    Housing Client

    "Highly recommended! Graham handled our very sensitive issue extremely professionally but also with kindness and understanding. He is very easy to talk to and took a real interest in our well being. Highly recommended"

    Housing Client

    I wanted to just write a note to thank you for a very helpful first meeting and the letter you subsequently sent on my behalf. It made me feel me feel that at last someone may listen and I may resolve this matter. The letter was excellent and your experience showed in the understanding of the Council system. I look forward to a workable solution and moving on for me.

    Housing Client

    I've used Howells on a few occasions and they by far are one of the best firms I've had the pleasure to do business with and I without hesitation HIGHLY recommend this firm. 5* 1st class service

    Housing Client, 2020

    The receptionist at whole solicitor went above and beyond the means to help when I arrived at the building Sarah also works there was a very great help she explained everything to me and went through everything step-by-step and made sure I understood everything and made me an appointment the very next day to see a solicitor which I was very grateful for Sarah also made sure I was okay before I left the solicitors they all went above and beyond to help me Graham the solicitor all I saw was very good he made it so easy for me to talk to him and explain everything to me step-by-step what a great guy I went to a great solicitors

    Housing Client, 2020

    Thank you so much for bringing me such wonderful news, thank you for all your help. Without you I wouldn’t have got my home repaired to a living standard or have been compensated for the damage or the stress.

    Felson, Housing Client

    Thanks to your help and your team, I have my house back. I am no longer homeless, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all efforts you did with Legal aid and Court to get me back my house. I know I can’t pay you for that but I want you to know that I will for ever be grateful for what you did for me and this is the second time.

    JM, Housing Client, Nov 2015

    Thank you for all your help in this matter, you have been very reassuring during a very stressful time.

    Housing Client, April 2015

    I would like to place on record the excellent attention and advice given to myself and (client EW) .  In my opinion, Mr Graham Hogarth is a very experienced solicitor and courteous and without doubt from a “laymans” point of view is realistic and extremely good at conveying his point in a well researched manner.  He has helped me in the past and in the last few weeks and is always willing to speak to you. I would have no hesitation in recommending Graham Hogarth and your firm to anyone.

    MW, Housing Client, June 2016