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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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From @SaferRentingCH - Aggressive litigation in rent repayment order applications -

To the many horrors that the pandemic has wrought upon this nation, we must add Michael Gove briefing on people resuming ‘intimate contact’. As if anything was more likely to put one off the idea permanently than Michael Gove saying ‘intimate contact’.

Our free webinar, Proving Homelessness Due To Probability Of Violence, is live in 24 hours. Join us and @gcnchambers by registering here:

A recording will be provided to all that register for this free event.

Incoming blog search: "is it unlawful eviction if you serve a defectiv enotice"

Yes. But if you think you only have to serve a non-defective notice (for all but lodgers), you've got larger problems...

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