Shelter Legal - England and Wales

The essential online guide to law for housing professionals

Shelter Legal - England and Wales

The essential online guide to law for housing professionals

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) and housing

    Overview of emergency measures introduced to deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on tenants, homeowners, and court proceedings.

  • Homelessness applications

    The criteria considered in homelessness applications (eligibility, homelessness, priority need, intentionality and local connection), the duties of local authorities, and how to challenge decisions.

  • Housing options

    Information on different housing options and local authority allocations, including specific guidance for those with particular housing needs.

  • Renting

    The different tenancy types and occupation status that someone may have and the impact this has on their security of tenure.

  • Costs of renting

    How much it costs to rent, including letting agent fees, rent in advance, and paying a deposit. The rules on rent increases.

  • Home ownership

    Information on rights of leaseholders and commonhold holders, the right to buy, shared ownership, mortgage arrears and compulsory purchase orders.

  • Benefits

    Different types of benefits are available to help renters and homeowners with costs of private or council housing within the limits of the benefit cap.

  • Possession and eviction

    Information on all aspects of possession proceedings, including grounds for possession, notice requirements, illegal eviction and harassment.

  • Housing conditions

    Rights and duties involved in dealing with disrepair and poor housing conditions, nuisance, and overcrowding.

  • Relationship breakdown

    The effect of relationship breakdown on tenancies, home ownership and other housing rights.

  • Court action and complaints

    The structure of the courts and legal proceedings, what steps need to be taken before pursuing court action, and the issues around costs and fees.

  • Tenancy status checker

    Our tenancy status checker can help you establish what type of tenancy or licence an occupier has.