Lambeth Housing Advice
From 1/4/17 ONE LAMBETH ADVICE is no longer be funded to provide Housing Advice. We will still offer advice on benefits, including housing benefit, and other debts.
https://onelambethadvice.org.uk/ 0800 254 0298
Legal Aid is available for some housing cases (possession and homelessness). For advice on making housing applications, transfers, getting repairs done, disputes with landlords or getting your deposit returned accessing advice will be more difficult. You can try online and telephone advice services first to see if they can assist you before approaching the frontline advice agencies as our capacity is far more restricted.
Citizens Advice – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/
Shelter – http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice
Shelter – 0808 800 4444
FACE TO FACE ADVICE
Lambeth Advice Network consists of several organisations which you may be able to provide you with advice and casework. They also hold drop in sessions.
Lambeth Law Centre – http://www.lambethlawcentre.org/housing
Lambeth Law Centre run a drop-in session on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm. It is first come first served and they can only see the first 5 people. The Law Centre can advise on allocation, transfers and disrepair. They will only be able to take on cases for representation where you are eligible for legal aid- eviction/possession, homelessness and some more serious disrepair cases.
Brixton Advice Centre – https://brixtonadvice.org.uk/services/
Brixton Advice Centre is open 10am to 3pm Monday to Thursday, no appointment necessary. Advice is also provided at outreach venues such as the Brixton Foodbank (Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10am to 1pm), as well as at local schools, details of which can be found on their website. It also provides a free legal advice clinic every other Thursday evening between 6.30 and 7.30pm. Advice is given on a first come first served basis. Dates of upcoming sessions can also be found on the website.
Centre 70 – http://centre70.org.uk/help/housing-advice
Centre 70 information offices are available during normal office hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 4 pm and on Wednesday 2pm – 4pm) to assess and sign-post cases as appropriate, including to pro bono clinic where appropriate and agencies mentioned above. We are only be able to take on cases for representation where you are eligible for legal aid – eviction/possession, homelessness and some more serious disrepair cases.
Court Possession Duty Scheme
Most days at Lambeth County Court there are duty solicitors available to advise people who are unrepresented. However, you should try and seek advice well before any court date.
Lambeth Housing Options Service – https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/housing/housing-advice/get-housing-advice
You can contact LB Lambeth’s Housing Options Service with help in applying for housing, transfers, bidding, and problems with your landlord or neighbours. They offer advice over the telephone and if necessary, can also arrange for you to see an adviser who can talk about your housing needs in private.
Telephone – 020 7926 4200
Leasehold Advice Service – https://www.lease-advice.org/
LEASE provides free legal advice to leaseholders on the law affecting residential leasehold in England and Wales. They can help you if your enquiry is about a flat or leasehold house with a lease longer than 21 years, or if your enquiry is about a park home. You can book a telephone appointment on their website, but please be aware appointments are strictly limited to 15 minutes.
Shelter has a very detailed guide titled ‘How To Get Your Tenancy Deposit Protected’.