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Housing Law Handbook

A Practical Guide, 2nd edition
General Editor: Stephen Cottle
Availability: Published

This new second edition of the Housing Law Handbook is a first port of call for lawyers and advisers dealing with housing as well as for professionals in the social housing sector, providing information in a concise and manageable form to support busy litigators and caseworkers.

To guide you through the various different legislative regimes governing housing law, the book:

  • covers possession proceedings from start to finish, including sub-letting, notice requirements, assured tenancies unlawful evictions, succession and deposits;
  • provides valuable insights into benefits for housing;
  • covers hazardous housing, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, and disrepair with a new section on Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018;
  • has a chapter on anti-social behaviour, closure orders and protection from harassment;
  • provides a detailed account of homelessness rights, duties and powers and an explanation of the rules governing the allocation of social housing;
  • explains access to housing for persons from abroad; and
  • includes a new chapter on costs.


This is the perfect book to dip in and out of to find answers quickly and assuredly. An essential aid for every practicing Housing lawyer. 5 Star rating.

Daniel Fitzpatrick


1. How to defend possession proceedings; 2. Assured shorthold tenancies; 3. Rent arrear possession claims; 4. Anti-social behaviour possession claims; 5. Unlawful subletting and parting with possession; 6. Succession; 7. Occupiers with no security of tenure; 8. Notices to quit requirements; 9. Benefits for housing; 10. Tenancy deposits; 11. Other means of enforcement against anti-social behaviour; 12. Warrant stage; 13. Hazardous housing conditions, contractual and other remedies; 14. Unlawful evictions; 15. Homelessness; 16. Allocation of social housing; 17. Housing outside of parts 6 and 7 of the Housing Act 1996; 18. Costs. 

About the Author

Stephen Cottle is an expert in social housing law and has an established practice at Garden Court Chambers. The Garden Court Chambers housing team is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers & Partners for 2019.

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Property and conveyancing


September 2020


The Law Society




448 Pages