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Wildy's Book of the Month: August 2017
The first edition of what is now the Manual of Housing Law was published in 1978, as Housing: Security and Rent Control.
From its second edition, when it became the Manual it was the singular text which brought together housing law as a subject for practitioners starting out in housing law, non-specialist practitioners who need ready access to the subject, lay advisers and students both of housing studies and of law as well as officers of local authorities and housing associations.
Designed to enable the reader both to understand housing law as a whole and to apply it, whether to the problems of individuals or the policies and practices of landlords and local authorities.
That was its central message: housing law is a subject not to be studied in the abstract but to be applied. It is also an invaluable reference guide for busy practitioners who need a quick answer or source of reference at their fingertips.
Manual of Housing Law carries with it a history and wealth of experience. Andrew Arden has been writing about housing law for over 40 years. He is recognised as being at the forefront of the development of housing law, contributing to and helping to shape the subject through practice in leading housing cases up to the highest courts in the country over the same period.
He has variously been described as the 'pre-eminent expert' on and 'godfather of' the subject. Andrew Dymond, also a founding member of Arden Chambers, is a leading expert on housing law. Together, they provide the most authoritative introduction to this area of law, taking the reader through the complex landscape in a clear and accessible style.
This edition is up to date to include the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and includes all recent case-law. Manual of Housing Law is an invaluable guide to the law in England and Wales for lawyers, advisers and students of housing law: anyone who masters this book has mastered housing law, in England and in Wales, itself.