Free legal advice via Skype for Brighton and Hove tenants

Posted On 19 May 2016 at 10:54 am

Tenants fighting to get their deposits back from landlords are now able to access free legal advice – via Skype.
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The innovative new service is being launched by Brighton Housing Trust, which is working with two law students from the University of Sussex.

Hannah Brown and Aidan Seymour-Butler operate from BHT’s advice centre for the BHT Pro Bono scheme, using a webcam and Skype to offer clients advice.

Simon Whitwell, Digital Advice and Inclusion Officer at BHT’s Brighton Advice Centre, said: “It is hoped that BHT Pro Bono will go some way towards addressing the growing demand for housing advice at a time of highly limited resources and cuts to publicly funded legal services.

“Asides from attempting to fill the gap that exists in publicly funded legal services, BHT Pro Bono also provides an alternate route for accessing advice for those people who might otherwise be excluded from traditional face-to-face services due to limitations on time, money or mobility.”

The clinic is overseen by the solicitors and housing team at BHT Advice on Queens Road, Brighton.

People will be able to book a webcam appointment using a simple online booking system and then discuss their concerns from the comfort of their own home.

The project provides advice on several key issues effecting tenants in the private rented sector with specific focus on reclaiming deposits that are being unlawfully retained by landlords. Other work covers eviction, homelessness and eligibility for Legal Aid.

 

In order to book an appointment, please visit www.advicebrighton-hove.org.uk/online-appointments.

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