Our Housing Law Advice and Casework service offers free legal advice, assistance, and casework support across a range of housing and homelessness legal issues under a legal aid contract funded by the Legal Aid Agency, and we offer a limited free advice service for other housing related issues.
If the services we provide do not cover your particular circumstance, please see the following page where we list other organisations who may be able to help you: Other Services
How can we help?
Housing help funded by Legal Aid:
The following categories for housing legal advice, assistance and representation are in scope:
- Possession and eviction claims – help for tenants of local authority or other social housing, private rental sector tenants and in mortgage repossession cases if notice has been served.
- Homeless or threatened with homelessness – help to challenge decisions of a local authority in relation to their statutory duties to those who are homeless, including advice on suitability of accommodation and refusals of help.
- Unlawful eviction – claims for threatened unlawful eviction and to secure reinstatement in a property e.g. if your landlord is trying to make you leave without following the proper process, threatening you or has prevented re-entry.
No legal aid is available for compensation only claims for housing conditions.
- Harassment – help for victims of harassment to bring an application for an order under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Help also available to defend against or vary an anti-social behaviour injunction related to housing.
- Housing disrepair / poor housing conditions – help for tenants in removal or reduction of a serious risk of harm. Help also for disrepair counterclaims in rent arrears possession cases.
- Provision of accommodation via community care services – advice and representation may also be available to challenge refusal of accommodation under certain community care provisions relating to care, mental health or children.
Your financial means (income and savings) and the strength of your case (merits) will be assessed to determine whether you can receive legal aid advice and assistance.
Other FREE Housing Advice:
We can also offer initial legal advice on housing issues outside the scope of legal aid, for example when the relationship between landlord and tenant has broken down or to prevent the threat of eviction for particularly vulnerable clients.
Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme:
We run the Legal Aid funded Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme at the County Court in Bury St. Edmunds, which provides advice and representation to any defendant who is under the threat of homelessness, regardless of their financial situation.
If you would like to contact us in regards to our Housing Law services or make an appointment: please call the number below, leave a message, or send us an email. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Contact the Suffolk Law Centre Housing Team on: (01473) 408111 (reception).
You can also fill out a booking form here: https://forms.suffolklawcentre.org.uk/forms/haf001/