Housing management and social housing are among the specialisms of City law firm Devonshires Solicitors LLP. Publications on its web site include an occasional Housing Management Brief.

First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)

The First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) handles applications, appeals and references relating to disputes over property and land in England. It was established on 1 July 2013, taking over the functions of the Agricultural Land Tribunals in England (but not in Wales), the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry, and the various bodies which made up the Residential Property Tribunal Service, which included Rent Assessment Committees, Leasehold Valuation Tribunals and Residential Property Tribunals. Information provided here on the GOV.UK site includes forms and guidance, procedural rules, and links to legislation and decisions.


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 within appropriate subject sections under the “Our expertise” tab.

Housing Ombudsman Service

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.

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG – formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) is a ministerial 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.

Nearly Legal

Nearly Legal is a specialist housing law website written by barristers and solicitors practising in the field of welfare, housing, landlord and tenant and public law. It includes a blog 2006 onwards, newsfeeds from other housing sites, and an extensive set of links (though many of them out of date or broken).

Regulator of Social Housing

The Regulator of Social Housing has regulated registered providers of social housing in England since 1 October 2018, when it took over the functions of the Regulation Committee of the Homes and Communities Agency. Information here on the GOV.UK site includes an A-Z list, with links to texts, of the Regulator’s regulatory judgments and regulatory notices.