Find out about local government housing rules and regional services around the United Kingdom. There is extra information about 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.
LOCAL COUNCILS: 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 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: Find out 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.
APPLY FOR EMERGENCY HOUSING: You might get help and advice from a regional council if you are going to lose your home or homeless. 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.
LANDLORDS RENTING ROOMS: The regulations for a landlord who rents out a room to a tenant follow strict rules of conduct including tenancy agreements, the deposit protection scheme, and when evicting the occupiers from the property.
BUILDING REGULATIONS: PLANNING PERMISSION: There are several key differences between building regulations and planning permissions. Information in the section is for those requiring permission or making an appeal.
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.
ACCELERATED POSSESSION: What is accelerated possession procedure and how to get an accelerated possession order? This guide explains all about private tenant eviction using the accelerated possession procedure.
EVICTION COURT HEARINGS: What is a court possession hearing? 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. The type of tenancy you have often determines how much notice you get.
ILLEGAL EVICTIONS OR HARASSMENT: What exactly is harassment by a private landlord? Find out in this simple guide with further advice for dealing with illegal evictions and your rights as a tenant.
HOUSE REPOSSESSIONS: 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.
SQUATTERS RIGHTS: 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.
AFTER A DEATH: There are several different ways of updating property records when someone dies. Check how to update property records or transfer a registered property after a death.
PROPERTY SEARCH: You can search for property information online through HM Land Registry. The search tool covers England and Wales even if you do not own the property.
Housing and Local Services in the United Kingdom