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Housing and Local Services

This section will help you find out about local government housing rules and regional services around the United Kingdom.

There is extra information on all the important topics such as UK building laws, noise issues, emergency planning, and pet problems.

HOUSING RULES & LOCAL SERVICES: We explain the all-important laws about owning or renting a room from a landlord.

You can find guidance and explanations about the regulations relating to your local council services.

This also includes planning and building laws, as well as dealing with neighbours in a way that follows the law.

That means knowing how to report noise problems without physical confrontation. This section also includes legislative solutions for annoyances caused by pets and animals.

Housing Rules Guide

Councils and Local Authorities

The roles and distribution of functions vary according to the local arrangements in your area. Find and get access to your local councils and their regional services.

Council Housing

Council House Rules

Find out about council housing rules and housing association regulations. There is extra information and advice on sheltered housing and shared ownership.

Council & Housing Association Evictions

Check further information on the legal procedures in the council and housing association eviction process.

Council Tax Rules

Local authorities levy a tax on households called Council Tax. Levies get based on the how many people live in the domestic property and its estimated value.

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Emergency Housing

Applying for Emergency Housing

You might get help and expert advice from a regional council if you become homeless or you are going to lose your home. You can apply for help from the council at Shelter Scotland for that region.

Legally Homeless

The council must help those with legal homelessness. Find out how to get emergency housing if you are homeless in the United Kingdom.

Joint Property Ownership

The information in this guide about joint ownership of property explains how to check whether your title is a joint tenant or tenants in common and how to change proprietorship.

Landlords Renting Out Rooms

The regulations for a landlord who rents out a room to a tenant follow strict rules of conduct. They include tenancy agreements, deposit protection scheme, and when evicting the occupiers from the property.

Planning Permissions

There are several key differences between building regulations and planning permissions. The section is for those requiring permission or making an appeal.

Private Renting

The information in this section covers the most important private renting rights and responsibilities as a tenant living in the United Kingdom.

Eviction Process

A simple guide explaining the eviction process for private tenants in the United Kingdom. The information covers private renting for tenants and evictions procedures.

Eviction Court Hearings

What is a court possession hearing UK? Most court hearings for tenant eviction get held at a county court where a judge decides whether you should get evicted or not.

Eviction Notices

The first step of eviction is getting written notice from the landlord to leave the property. But, the type of tenancy you have often determines how much notice you get.

Property Ownership

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you can make. Find a list of UK property ownership laws and legal things to consider when owning a property.


A guide explaining the legal process of house repossession and repossession hearings. Find out what your mortgage lender must do and how to get help with your legal costs.

Squatting and the Law

A simple guide explaining squatting and the law on squatting and squatters. You can also find information about removing squatters from property in the United Kingdom.

Housing and Local Services in the United Kingdom