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Housing Law Casebook 5th edition


Author: Nic Madge and Claire Sephton

ISBN: Pb 978 1 903307 88 5

Edition: Fifth edition (February 2012) 1212pp

The complex nature of housing law and the significant human impact of cases lost and won, means the number of cases before the courts continues to grow. This book covers the whole spectrum of housing law. The thematic structure, succinct case summaries and useful cross-referencing enable busy practitioners to identify relevant cases, quickly and efficiently. It is essential reading for barristers, solicitors, voluntary sector advisers, housing managers, Homeless Persons Unit officers and students.

'An essential addition to any housing practitioner's library, the Housing Law Casebook is an ideal first point of reference from which the reader can more confidently address the complex matters raised in housing law.' Independent Lawyer

'This is an excellent update that elevates this book's status ten-fold. It is now positioned as the principal point of reference within the resources available to all housing advisers and practitioners. An indispensable purchase.' Adviser

' ... an excellent addition to any legal practitioner's library'. Law Society Gazette

'... an immensely important book for practitioners'. Civil Justice Quarterly

'... worth its weight in gold!' Adviser

'... a vital reference book'. Roof

'... an indispensable point of first reference'. Justice of the Peace

Housing Law Casebook covers:

- Homelessness and allocations
- Creation and termination of tenancies and licences
- Security of tenure - assured, assured shorthold, secure, introductory, demoted, protected and common law tenants and licensees
- Grounds for possession and reasonableness
- Occupants without security of tenure
- Possession procedure - against tenants, mortgagees and other occupiers
- Disrepair
- Housing outside the Housing Acts - community care, Children Act and asylum-seekers
- Illegal eviction and harassment
- Long leases - service charges
- Housing and human rights

Sample Chapter can be found here


Nic Madge is a circuit judge. He was formerly a district judge and head of the housing department at Bindman and Partners, London. He is co-author of Defending Possession Proceedings (LAG, 7th edn, 2010) and a member of the senior editorial board of Civil Procedure ('the White Book') (Sweet and Maxwell). He has written for many years on housing law and co-authors 'Recent developments in housing law' in Legal Action. He is a founder member of the Housing Law Practitioners' Association and is a member of the tutor team of the Judicial College. He has been a member of the Civil Justice Council. His personal website is at:

Claire Sephton previously worked as a solicitor specialising in housing law at North Kensington Law Centre® and  Shelter. She is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster and is a member of the Law Society's housing law committee.

Introduction to Housing Law Casebook (pdf: 60Kb)

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