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(See also our checklists for renting, buying and selling property and our page on State Benefits)

Citizens Advice Bureaux

Provides free, independent and impartial advice on many matters including debt matters, housing, legal etc. The website includes news headlines, news library, how to get advice with an online directory to find your nearest bureau and local website, together with online advice and information.

Community Legal Advice

Set up by the Government, the objective of CLA is to assist in finding help from legal service providers. There is a directory of over 15,000 legal services providers in the UK with a search facility by postcode. In addition there is a database of websites (see Advice Search) listing information sources on the web categorised by type of law, e.g. Housing, Family, Consumer Law etc.

Court Service

An executive agency of the Lord Chancellors Office, the site includes information including a range of forms and leaflets on property matters. You can also find the contact details and addresses of all local courts.

Environment Agency

Find the environmental data on your area by entering your postcode - information you may find useful when moving to a new area.

A free service whereby the postcode of the property you intend to purchase is submitted and a homecheck report is produced immediately giving a very general indication of the risk of flooding, subsidence, radon levels, problems associated with coal mining, landslip, landfill, waste, contamination, air quality and pollution.


A valuable resource covering all aspects of social and private housing in the UK organised in helpful categories and easy to navigate.

HM Land Registry

The Land Registry guarantees the title to, and records the ownership of, interests in registered land in England and Wales. As well as providing information on local offices, the website provides an interactive facility to view price data on property transactions by location, price range and property type. The site also allows the downloading of various forms, including a request for details of ownership of a particular property (see the information page and then search for "who owns that property").
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A free of charge, online change of address service allowing you to inform people and organisations (utilities etc) when you move.
Schools Inspection Reports

If you are looking to move or want more information on local schools view the last OFSTED report, the database organised by type of school and location.

Shelter National Campaign for the Homeless

The only national provider of free, specialist housing advice to those people in desperate housing need. Network of 61 Housing Aid Centres and a 24 hour freephone helpline, Shelterline. Frontline services include meeting emergency needs, helping prevent homelessness and providing long term practical solutions to people's housing problems. The Shelter website contains links to its regional office sites.
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If you are looking to move then, simply by entering the postcode of the area in which you are interested, provides a useful insight into the neighbourhood. It includes an overview of the area, prices by property type compared to the national average, schools, as well as local authority information, unemployment statistics and local services.