About Shelter Legal

Shelter Legal is the most comprehensive, up-to-date housing law resource available online. It is a fully referenced guide to housing legislation and case law, explaining the issues in clear, jargon-free language.

What it covers

Subjects covered are:

  • accessing accommodation
  • homelessness applications
  • security of tenure
  • rents and housing benefit
  • harassment and antisocial behaviour
  • home ownership
  • housing conditions
  • relationship breakdown
  • courts and legal action.

Who should use Shelter Legal?

Shelter Legal is an essential resource for anyone involved in the fields of housing or homelessness, including:

  • local authority housing departments and homelessness units
  • agencies working with clients in housing need, such as welfare rights centres, Citizens Advice Bureaux (CABx), law centres
  • housing associations and cooperatives.

How can Shelter Legal help me?

Shelter Legal will enable you to:

  • find details in law quickly and easily - for example, priority need categories or grounds for eviction
  • represent clients in court, tribunals and appeals
  • keep up-to-date with important changes to law with a regular email and also a 'What's New' feature
  • reference and link to case law and legislation
  • access a full glossary of terms.

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What people say about Shelter Legal

‘Shelter Legal is an invaluable resource to the housing options team. Having a resource available with comprehensive coverage of housing law allows officers to do their job more effectively, efficiently and more importantly, accurately! Shelter Legal provides that.’


Andrew Burnip, Homelessness and Housing Advice Manager, Easington DC

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