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Nearly Legal

Housing Law News and Comment

Nearly Legal is a specialist housing law website for England (and occasionally Wales), run by solicitors and barristers practising in the field.

The site provides information, updates and discussion on housing and landlord & tenant law. Issues covered include homelessness, possession and forfeiture, unlawful eviction, disrepair and housing fitness, regulation and licensing, service and major works charges, right to manage and anything else that interests us. Contents include frequent case reports, updates on statute law, guides and key documents.

It is all free, but it is just our opinions, not legal advice. Please do not ask for advice on individual matters


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Key Resources and information


Section 21 Notice validity flowchartdownloadable flowchart for checking whether Section 21 notices are validly served and effective.

How to Rent Guide Archive – What version of the Guide was current when? MHCLG don’t provide this information. We have dates and downloads for all versions.

Relationship Breakdown and Tenancies FAQAn outline of the issues and options.

Bedroom Tax First Tier Tribunal – FTT Decisions archive. Upper Tribunal decisions can be found here.

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“We asked Mrs Harber if the cases had been generated by ChatGPT. Mrs Harber said this was “possible”, but moved quickly on.” “She then asked how the Tribunal could be confident that the cases relied on by HMRC and included in the Authorities Bundle were genuine.” Oh dear.

Oh my heavens, another block being emptied for structural safety reasons. When I said this was a monthly occurrence now, it was meant to be a slight exaggeration @PeteApps

Staying to make the parties try dispute resolution. A bit of a Tydfil. A note/view on Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil from a housing law angle. It cost Merthyr a lot to give the Master of the Rolls what he was after but not get what they wanted.

Section 21 & Gas Safety - post start of tenancy installations. A first instance county court judgment that finds a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate for a new installation must be given to the tenants to validate a section 21 notice.

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