Set of barristers’ chambers specialising in housing and local government law. The site includes “eflashes”, providing immediate responses to recent decisions and other legal developments in the chambers’ areas of work, and Housing Insight, an occasional series addressing selected housing issues.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is a central government department with responsibilities which include regional and local government, planning, building regulations, housing, homelessness, social exclusion, and fire and rescue services. This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information on the department’s activities, policies, publications and announcements. Specific publications, such as guidance, consultation papers, circulars, statistics and research reports, may best be found by conducting a Publications search.
The web site of City law firm Devonshires Solicitors includes a publications section with coverage of a number of topics including Housing Management and Social Housing.
Produced by a set of barristers’ chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, this archive of online bulletins provides a guide to developments in housing law covering the period 2006 to 2014.
Hardwicke is a set of barristers’ chambers in Lincoln’s Inn specialising in civil litigation. The site content includes case reports, articles and newsletters on a wide range of topics including commercial law, employment, housing, property, personal injury, clinical negligence and medical malpractice. These may be accessed from the “Insights” tab at the head of the home page.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), a non-departmental public body, is the national housing and regeneration agency for England. It took over responsibility for the regulation of social housing providers in England from the Tenant Services Authority on 1 April 2012. HCA information here on the GOV.UK web site includes a Regulation section which has details of HCA’s current regulatory framework, and a list of all regulatory judgments and notices to date. Texts of those selected as appropriate for publication may be found via a publications search.
The Housing Corporation was a national government agency which formerly funded new affordable housing and regulated housing associations in England. Its regulatory role was taken over on 1 December 2008 by the Tenant Services Authority, which was in turn replaced in 2012 by the Homes and Communities Agency. Its archived web site is accessible via the National Archives.
The Housing Ombudsman Service (HOS), formerly known as the Independent Housing Ombudsman, deals with complaints against landlords and agents, and other housing disputes. All social landlords (housing associations) registered in England are members of the scheme, together with certain private landlords and management agents. Site content includes factsheets, case studies, forms, and a directory of all HOS registered landlords.
Nearly Legal is a blog providing housing law news and commentary, written by barristers and solicitors practising in the field of welfare, housing, landlord and tenant and public law. It includes an extensive list of links to other housing law resources and blogs.
The First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Residential Property settles disputes involving private rented and leasehold property in England. It was established on 1 July 2013 and replaced Rent Assessment Committees, Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, Residential Property Tribunals, and their umbrella organisation the Residential Property Tribunal Service (RPTS). This section of the GOV.UK web site has information on the appeal process including links to forms and guidance, legislation, and a database of decisions 2005 onwards on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary site. There is also a link to LEASE, the Leasehold Advisory Service’s site, whose database of decisions includes those of Leasehold Valuation Tribunals extending back to 1994.
Tenant Services Authority (TSA) was the operating name of the Office for Tenants and Social Landlords (OTSL), the body which regulated social housing in England from 1 December 2008, when it replaced the Housing Corporation, until it was itself replaced on 1 April 2012 by the Homes and Communities Agency. Content of its web site, now archived by the National Archives, includes TSA Regulatory Judgments, within the Landlords section.