Since the previous edition, the Housing Act 1996 has come into force and the application of this Act, which may not have been entirely successful in its aim of simplifying the law, is closely considered here. The radical procedural changes, resulting from both the CPR and provisions specific to possession cases are covered in detail. This edition contains a new chapter on the landlords statutory obligations during the tenancy. This concentrates on matters that are of tremendous practical importance particularly to landlords, such as the Gas Safety Regulations and the Furniture and Fittings Regulations, yet which are overlooked by most works in this field. The enlarged section on Housing Benefit also reflects the authors belief that this book should primarily be a tool for use in the real world rather than a learned treatise.