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Housing Law Handbook: A Practical Guide 2nd ed

Edited by: Stephen Cottle

ISBN13: 9781784461430
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781853286841
Published: August 2020
Publisher: Law Society Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £95.00

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The Housing Law Handbook is a first port of call for lawyers and advisors dealing with housing as well as professionals in the social housing sector. It provides information in a concise and manageable form to guide the reader through the minefield of different legislative regimes governing housing law.

This practical guide covers defending possession claims, obtaining remedies concerning housing conditions and unlawful eviction, homelessness, allocations and those not eligible for housing under the Housing Acts and migrants’ access to housing. This new edition includes all significant changes to the law since the last edition, so you can advise your client with confidence:

  • new legislation on Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Law, March 2019
  • comprehensive guide to possession proceedings, covering all types of tenancies and occupation rights, including mortgage repossessions, an overview of housing benefit and rent arrears
  • an explanation of the law governing housing conditions, and new legislation governing contractual remedies, fire safety precautions, licensing of HMO’s, unlawful evictions and criminal penalties for sub-letting
  • a detailed account of homelessness rights, duties and powers and an explanation of the rules governing the allocation of social housing, including new provisions e.g. social housing fraud and new sections as the new (2013) law requires, and
  • an explanation of the law where the immigration status of the person seeking accommodation precludes or restricts the provision of accommodation by a local housing authority but permits provision by a public authority under other legislation

It also explains other routes into housing under the National Health Service Act 2006, Mental Health Act 1983, and Children Act 1989.

This concise guide includes checklists, further reading lists and end of chapter action points. It outlines procedures covering “which court for what” distinguishing the jurisdiction for Tribunal work, county court claims and Administrative Court JRs.

Housing Law
1. How to defend possession proceedings
2. Assured shorthold tenancies
3. Rent arrear possession claims
4. Anti-social behaviour possession claims
5. Unlawful subletting and parting with possession
6. Succession
7. Occupiers with no security of tenure
8. Notices to Quit Requirements
9. Benefits for Housing
10. Tenancy deposits
11. Other means of enforcement against ant-social behaviour
12. Warrant stage
13. Hazardous housing conditions, contractual and other remedies
14. Unlawful evictions
15. Homelessness
16. Allocation of Social Housing
17. Housing outside of parts 6 and 7 of the Housing Act 1996
18. Costs