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Housing Law Handbook


Housing Law

In stock

11 October 2009

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
456 pages

Housing Law Handbook
A Practical Guide

Stephen Cottle, with Liz Davies, Adrian Berry, John Beckley, Desmond Rutledge, Marina Sergides and Adrian Marshall Williams


Housing law issues can be wide-ranging and involve dealing with several areas of the law. Housing Law Handbook provides a practical and concise outline of the law and procedure relating to housing problems.The book aims to be a first port of call for lawyers and advisors dealing with housing as well as professionals in the social housing sector, providing information in a concise and manageable form to support busy litigators and caseworkers. The book will also be indispensable for those involved in housing management. The Housing Law Handbook:

  • covers possession proceedings from start to finish, including mortgage repossessions as well as an overview of housing benefit and rent arrears
  • provides a detailed account of homelessness rights, duties and powers and an explanation of the rules governing the allocation of social housing
  • covers new ground in addressing housing where the provision of accommodation by a local housing authority is restricted by immigration status but permitted by a public authority on other grounds
  • explains other routes into housing under the National Health Service Act 2006, Mental Health Act 1983 and Children Act 1989.

In addition, there is an overview of the numerous enforcement measures available to tackle anti-social behaviour, information on dealing with hazardous housing conditions under the Housing Act 2004 and remedies for disrepair.


"I have no doubt that the Housing Law Handbook will become a favourite of many practitioners for years to come."

Student Law Journal


1. Homelessness;
2. Allocation of Social Housing;
3.Housing Outside of Parts 6 and 7 of the Housing Act 1996;
4. Hazardous Housing Conditions and Disrepair;
5. Anti-social Behaviour;
6. Possession Proceedings;
7. Housing Benefit and Possession Proceedings Based on Rent Arrears;
8. Mortgage repossessions;
9. Procedure in Possession Claims;
10. The Possession Order and Afterwards.

About the Authors

Stephen Cottle is a practitioner at Garden Court Chambers. He has built up substantial experience of over twenty years in housing, administrative law, housing related personal injury, mobile homes and mortgage possessions. Stephen has appeared in numerous reported cases including several landmark decisions in the Court of Appeal, House of Lords and represented in McCann v UK.

The authors are all practising barristers at Garden Court Chambers.