The Magdalen Chambers Housing and Homelessness Team comprises specialist barristers with extensive experience of representing and advising tenants, local authorities, social and private landlords and homeless applicants across the whole spectrum of housing related disputes. 

Our representation of individual clients with their wide range of housing issues is largely carried out under the legal aid scheme. Some of these individuals suffer under a disability or have mental health issues, and our members have experience in acting for those who lack capacity, often in the Court of Protection.

The areas regularly worked in by the Housing team includes both bringing and defending possession claims, unlawful eviction claims, disrepair claims, occupiers’ rights and status, Public law and Human Rights Law defences, and challenges to the Equality Act. We regularly defend clients facing Anti-Social behaviour inunction proceedings.

These legal issues encompass cases in the County Courts across the South of the UK, and all the way up to Judicial Review and Court of Appeal. Our instructions for the many Social Housing bodies include advising on the correct application of legal procedures in bringing about the eviction of assured shorthold tenants.

Our Housing Team accommodates the often urgent and sensitive nature of housing and homelessness work, and we aim to deliver a comprehensive, efficient, friendly and commercially minded service at all times. 

We have expertise in providing a high-quality service to individuals who find an often complex legal process daunting, particularly when they are up against large public bodies. We are also mindful of the pressures experienced by our Housing Association clients, and aim to assist in the alleviation of these where we can be of help. 

Areas of Housing Law covered by the team:

  • Homelessness
  • Possession
  • Eviction (including illegal eviction)
  • Tenants’ succession
  • Disrepair
  • Anti-Social Behaviour injunctions
  • Public Law and Human Rights
  • Breach of covenant