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



Something to Declare

Herefordshire Council v Rohde 2016 UKUT 039 (LC) The power for a local authority to make an HMO declaration under s255, Housing Act 2004 is not commonly used. This power arises where a property appears to be an HMO in all respects save that it is...

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Job Ads – London various

Housing Advice, Support & Guidance Worker  £25,697-£26,697 pa plus excellent benefits Islington, London Closing date: Monday 1st February 2016 at 9am We’re looking for a results-driven individual with experience of providing specialist level...

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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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This takes some chutzpah. L&Q effectively arguing that because they drafted their leases incompetently, legislation should give them control over leaseholders’ demise.

This pandemic isn’t over. Ending the ban on evictions too soon risks a tsunami of rental evictions — affecting countless Londoners already suffering the financial impacts of #COVID19.

This needs the Govt's urgent attention. My letter to @RobertJenrick:

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