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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


Latest Posts



Assortment – RROs, landlord compensated for delay to homeless application, and consultation on mould

A handful of brief notes of things of interest. 16 Cornwall Gardens, London, NW10 2QX - (2021) UKFTT LON_00AE_HMF_2020_0097 A First Tier Tribunal decision on an application for a rent repayment order in respect of an unlicensed HMO. The landlord,...

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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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Third court win in a year for Shelter over unlawful ‘No DSS’ policies

Over the last month, I have been investigating the EWS system in depth.

What I have found is a process created to instill clarity, has, in fact, led to chaos and confusion.

Over the next week I will be publishing stories showing this. Here's the 1st👇

Fancy getting in on the fight against rogue landlords? Camden council recruiting a 2nd TRO for their progressive, go-get 'em multi agency team

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