Unfortunately an all too common occurrence in Mediterranean countries is for unscrupulous landlords to refuse to return a deposit paid by a tenant in good faith, for some spurious reason relating to supposed damages caused to the property during the tenancy.
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Highly professional, efficient service. Response to our urgent email almost immediately. Our lawyer, very approachable and helpful with the handling of this case and intercepting everything into Engli... [read more]
Highly professional, efficient service. Response to our urgent email almost immediately. Our lawyer, very approachable and helpful with the handling of this case and intercepting everything into English for us. The service provided was excellent value for money.
"I found the service very helpful and easy to use. It took the fear out of employing a legal service in that it was upfront and transparent and reasonably priced."
"Very responsive and reached out to me via phone call to set up a consultation. Answered all my questions and was willing to help."
"Proactive, always helpful and ready to answer questions, took control of my issue and clearly explained what I needed to do. Good value."
"Very professional and knowledgeable. Came well-prepared to the meeting. I am extremely satisfied."
"Responsible, understanding, good personal contact. Always finding time for us, very kind and helpful."
"My lawyer was amazing. Every question quickly answered."
"Amazing service. Would recommend to everyone."
Excellent service, very quick to explain all procedures and possible outcomes. Once our lawyer began, the service was extremely professional and thorough, with clear communication at every stage. The... [read more]
Excellent service, very quick to explain all procedures and possible outcomes. Once our lawyer began, the service was extremely professional and thorough, with clear communication at every stage. The problem was dealt with in a very short time, I could not ask for better or more professional service.
I found my lawyer to be prompt with all responses. My requirement was identified and understood, and I was advised of any potential complications. I found the service provided to be both professional... [read more]
I found my lawyer to be prompt with all responses. My requirement was identified and understood, and I was advised of any potential complications. I found the service provided to be both professional and approachable. Overall, I was very pleased with the service!
"Very, very happy with the service provided. I would definitely recommend my lawyer and would be very happy to use the service again. I felt in good hands immediately."
"My lawyer was responsive and engaged and always willing to help. Everything went smoothly, and I received explanations regarding all the caveats. I highly recommend this service."
"Our lawyer was very helpful, professional and kind - nothing was too much trouble. If I left a message, we got a reply within 24 hours. Would recommend this service to anyone."
"I was extremely pleased with the whole service."
"Extremely helpful, trustworthy, and went beyond expectations to help and serve me as a client."
10 years ago
Rental Deposit Recovery
Available in the following locations: Aveiro, Castelo Branco, Faro, Lisbon, Portimao, Porto
* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.
Who Is This Service For?
What Does This Service Consist Of?
- Analysis of the circumstances of the non-repayment of the deposit money
- Review of the lease agreement
- Communication with the landlord to attempt to persuade them to return the deposit
- If not possible to convince the landlord to return the deposit, the only remaining remedy is to initiate legal proceedings against the landlord
Free Support Services Included
When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:
- Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
- Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
- Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
- Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
- All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
- Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
- Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Why choose Advocate Abroad?
I am a Lawyer, working independently for 7 years now. I have experience in family law, property, public deeds, criminal law and general matters. I'm... [read more]
I am a Lawyer, working independently for 7 years now. I have experience in family law, property, public deeds, criminal law and general matters. I'm my work I sometimes do translations and certifications of foreign documents. I although have experience in teaching.
Claudia was very helpful in dealing with my queries of dealing with receiving inheritance and drafting POA's for my brother. She invested a lot of additional time trying to understand the needs of the banks in drafting the POA that is needed to show the different banks.
I would definitely use Claudia again for other Portuguese law related matters.
We found Claudia a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. The reason being is that she was competent and helpful at all times. She was efficient without being pushy.
She also worked very logically and systematically making sure everything was achieved in a stress free manner. And she was friendly!
Claudia went to every effort to help with our cases. We first asked her to help us with our property purchase and she was exactly what we needed as we didn't really have a clue what we were doing.
The sale went through absolutely pain-free and we were so happy we asked her to continue on to advise on our residency.
Unfortunately we hit complications but only due to the current global issues, Covid19 & Brexit, So we had to return the the UK. But even during all of that she kept us up to date, well informed and we really felt we had her on our side.
I will be staying in touch with Claudia when we return, I would use her services again and I would (and have) happily recommend her to friends.
Claudia went above and beyond to help us, my partner and I have been extremely happy with her responsiveness, effectiveness in sorting everything for us in a very short time. We have compared the service value, and Claudia's services have been the best value for money, and she was very professional.
Thank you ever so much, we will be return customers.
Continue being awesome!
Claudia is friendly and funny and also very professional. She gave us honest straight answers at all times and advised where needed. Our estate agent behaved very badly and she was calm and measured about this whilst keeping us fully informed.
Claudia has been very professional and has gone above and beyond in assisting in a house purchase. She has been very patient and has always made herself available at the earliest opportunity when questions have arisen.
I couldn't fault her at any point during our business, and will use her again when we look to move to Portugal in the near future.
Very competant and a lovely person too. Very efficient. Very knowledgable.
She made what could have been complicated and stressful into a simple process
Diana is a lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass tax planning, company set-up, immigration and property matters. While Diana spent her early life in China, she is originally from Oporto, Portugal. She returned and graduated from the University of Coimbra. Diana has participated in various M&A tr... [read more]
Diana is a lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass tax planning, company set-up, immigration and property matters. While Diana spent her early life in China, she is originally from Oporto, Portugal. She returned and graduated from the University of Coimbra. Diana has participated in various M&A transactions, having gained a broad understanding in cross-border corporate matters. She works alongside UK, Portugal, France, Germany and many countries in Africa in cross-border contracts for fiscal optimisation.
Elsa has been running a private legal practice since 2004, assisting both national and international clients in civil and business legal matters. In a... [read more]
Elsa has been running a private legal practice since 2004, assisting both national and international clients in civil and business legal matters. In addition to her primary law degree, Elsa later obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Austin, in the United States, with a postgraduate doctorate in international trade as well as mediation, arbitration and negotiation.
Very kind, understanding, helpful, and responsive. I really appreciated Elsa's efforts on my case.
Elsa provided excellent, friendly, and professional service in preparing documents for my fiancee and me. I would recommend her services! Thank you Elsa. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]
I had the pleasure to meet Elsa through Advocate Abroad. She helped me with the purchase of my condo in Lisbon.
Elsa was very efficient, kind and experimented. She reviewed all the property documents and attended the closing with me so she could explain the content of the deed that was, of course written in Portuguese. I would hire Elsa again for my next real estate transaction. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]
Laura is a registered lawyer with the Bar Association of Portugal. Coming from a family background of lawyers, Laura has learned quickly the value of ... [read more]
Laura is a registered lawyer with the Bar Association of Portugal. Coming from a family background of lawyers, Laura has learned quickly the value of in-depth knowledge and expertise in a restricted number of legal fields. She specialises in matters of property law, family law as well as criminal law and immigration matters.
Laura was great. Of course I was hesitant sending money overseas to someone I didn't know but after speaking to Laura I was at ease.
Laura always responded to my emails and when I informed her that I never received my paperwork in the mail, there were no questions and she sent out more paper special delivery which I received within a week.
If need be I would contact Laura to have work done and will advise any friends to do the same.
One of the most responsive and helpful professionals. Very well versed with the laws. Absolutely most recommended.
Fast and helpful service.
Great service and professionalism.
Teresa read law at the University of Coimbra. She is specialised in civil law, contracts, property and inheritance case, with more than 10 years repre... [read more]
Teresa read law at the University of Coimbra. She is specialised in civil law, contracts, property and inheritance case, with more than 10 years representing international clients. She holds a postgraduate degree in Banking, Stock Exchange and Insurance Law and also holds the specialization course leading to the degree of Master of Corporate Law. A well-known speaker, Teresa's research focuses on issues of economic and financial law, as well as fundamental rights. She speaks English fluently.
Teresa and her team were immediately very responsive to our inquiry and remained as such throughout their service.
Teresa's team clearly understood our needs and objectives and through their network of established local contacts, they were able to accomplish our goals timely and with professionalism and competence.
Teresa always offered to make herself or her team available to respond to any questions or concerns that we might have had, and has stayed in touch with us to offer support throughout the visa process. Teresa clearly exceeded our expectations based on your evaluation criteria listed above.
We will no doubt have additional legal matters in the future and will have no hesitation Teresa to assist us with a range of Portuguese legalities.
Overall, a fantastic job. A huge thanks to the team and advocate abroad.
Was happy with the service.
One improvement I would suggest: I received an email aimed at Americans which uses different terminology than the UK. So this could be addressed for future correspondence.
I was very happy to use the services of Teresa as I wanted someone I could communicate with in English, as I don't speak Portuguese. Teresa's English was perfect.
I was happy with the costs of the service and she helped ensure that my tight deadline was met.
I intend to use Teresa's services again in the future and would happily recommend to others.
We used Teresa at Advocate Abroad and she was great! The house we brought had paperwork missing which took a number of weeks for the sellers solicitor to sort out.
Teresa kept chasing the sellers solicitor and kept us up to date, she explained the entire process and also acted as our interpreter.
She went through all the plans of the house and explained what each document was, she was knowledgeable and gave us information on property/planning laws in Portugal.
I would recommend Teresa and if we ever buy another property we will use Teresa again. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]
She was very accessible, friendly and fast to reply. I would recommend her.
Teresa is absolutely wonderful. She’s dedicated and shows great passion and caring.
I’m only halfway through the process and still will need assistance to have my spouse join me in Portugal, but I have no doubt all will turn out beautifully with the continued assistance of Teresa.
Thank you for putting me in her exceptionally trustworthy hands!
Teresa and her associates were extremely helpful and professional in their work to achieve our needs, many thanks.
Teresa was very helpful and always got back to me promptly when I had questions. She made herself available by phone during my appointment with SEF, ensuring I left as a Portuguese resident. Obrigado!
Anxiety and worries over the SEF Meeting....ALL GONE :):):) Teresa was fantastic. She got the job done.
If not for COVID-19 I would have given her a big hug. I want to tell all of my expat friends...."please take a fiscal rep with you to your SEF appointment and I know just the person." :))
Teresa is super professional and can only recommend her . Best service ever
Teresa went above and beyond to ensure she attended to everything everything I needed, and explained every step of the process to me clearly and patiently.
During Covid times communication was easy and replied to queries I had.
Great service and would recommend to others with poor Portuguese as they translated everything sent to me and replied to my messages in English which was a great help to me.
A very nice lawyer who helped me quickly solve my presented problems. In addition, she presented and helped me to solve the various things that one must have as a resident in Portugal.
As can be seen from the answers above, I am very pleased with the help I have received.
Very informative, very responsive, and my NIF was provided very promptly
The service we received was professional and they did explain and provide feedback. The Tax number was obtained and the Bank account opened in a timely manner.
Whenever we had queries we could get hold of the person concerned and if not they would phone you back which we did appreciate.