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

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    • 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, legal aid, and the issues around costs and fees.

    • Debt

      Court processes to enforce a debt, and insolvency options for a person in debt to deal with their situation.

    • Homeless rights checker

      Find out what homeless rights someone has based on their immigration or residence status.

    • Section 21 validity checker

      Our section 21 validity checker tool can help you find out if a section 21 notice is invalid.

    • Tenancy status checker

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