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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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Job ad: Putney

Russell Cooke Associate solicitor, 4+ years’ PQE, Property and Housing Litigation Putney We are seeking a highly-motivated and professional solicitor to join our housing and property litigation team in Putney. The team has an established reputation...

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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.

About Nearly Legal  who we are, why we do this, and copyright on our materials. Also, our comments policy.

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It appears that having worked out from experience that his prayers don’t stop school shootings, @tedcruz has now moved to *fervent* prayers. The USA is quite, quite and so sadly mad.


Booking now: @LegalActionGrp's Housing Law Conference 2022

Safer Renting caseworker Hannah just tried registering an upcoming illegal eviction using an online form for the Met who predictably said its a civil matter but bizarrely this weirdness "I would also advise you to speak to Uber eats to resolve this matter."

Judicial review of Southwark’s refusal to allow household on to housing register because of ‘deliberate act’ of occupying an overcrowded flat succeeds. ‘ It was the only viable option for the Claimant at that time’. Decision quashed.

🎉Victory! The High Court have overturned Southwark council's cruel 'deliberate act' decision blaming Milton and his family for living in severely overcrowded housing. This is a huge victory for the family who have campaigned tirelessly for years. Thank you to all our supporters!

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