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Where the owner of a property accepts an offer from one buyer and then pulls out of the sale because s/he gets a better offer from someone else.

General Civil Contract

Contract between suppliers and the Legal Services Commission for the provision of advice and assignment under the legal help and help at court schemes.


Money made available by local authorities, the DWP or charities that does not have to be paid back. Grants can be available to help with specific costs, such as repairs, removal expenses, or furniture.

Green belt land

A green belt is an area of land which is protected from development by planning controls, and by the presumption against inappropriate development within its boundaries.

Ground rent

An annual fee that most leaseholders have to pay to the freeholder as a condition of the lease.

Grounds for possession

Legal reasons as to why a tenant should be evicted, such as rent or mortgage arrears. A landlord or lender will normally have to prove grounds for possession to a court.


A person who agrees to pay the rent or other charges owed if the tenant/occupier does not or cannot pay them.


A Gypsy is defined as a 'person of nomadic habit of life, whatever their race or origin'.

Gypsies and Travellers. Under the Housing Act 2004 Gypsies and Travellers are defined as:

‘(a) persons with a cultural tradition of nomadism or of living in a caravan; and
(b) all other persons of a nomadic habit of life, whatever their race or origin, including –
(i) such persons who, on grounds only of their own or their family's or dependant's educational or health needs or old age, have ceased to travel temporarily or permanently; and
(ii) members of an organised group of travelling showpeople or circus people (whether or not travelling together as such).'