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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 – Luton

Luton Law Centre Post: Housing Caseworker/Solicitor Salary: £25,000 to £32,000 p.a (FTE) Hours: Full time - 35 hours per week (job share welcome) Luton Law Centre is seeking to recruit an experienced Housing Caseworker/Solicitor to join our small...

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Assorted notes: joint tenancies, RROs – rent arrears and late evidence, and disrepair damages periods

Pile v Pile (2022) EWHC 2036 (Ch) The High Court confirms that Procter v Procter (2022) EWHC 1202 (Ch) is authority for the proposition that it is not a breach of trust for one joint tenant to give notice to quit on the joint tenancy, even where...

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Homelessness updates

Abdikadir v London Borough of Ealing (2022) EWCA Civ 979 Where an offer of out of borough accommodation had been made and refused, and a discharge of duty upheld on review, did the council's failure to notify the other council under section 208(2)...

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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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Sign of the times? An article in Spectator arguing for rent control on private tenacies. Blimey.

The year on year comparison is with period of Covid restrictions on claims/orders, but landlord possession claims now higher than pre Covid position. And mortgage possessions yet to show impact of increased interest rates.

Jennifer Williams @JenWilliamsMEN

From the ONS, this morning. It’s already started.

There is a hidden housing scandal growing in Birmingham.

The country’s most vulnerable are having to live in terrible conditions, while some providers reap rewards from the benefit system

Here's my investigation into B'ham's exempt accommodation issue🧵

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