Greater Manchester Law Centre provides free legal advice and representation for homeless people and people who are at risk of losing their home living in Greater Manchester.

We have contracts to provide advice under Legal Aid for both housing and public law cases (public law cases if you are bringing a legal challenge against a government or public authority).

We have a full-time housing solicitor, Kathy Cosgrove, who supervises the housing department.

No Evictions demonstration

To see if we can help you with your problem, please contact:

Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC)

669 Stockport Road
Longsight
Manchester
M12 4QE

Opening hours (appointments only)
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Please call and leave your name and number on our messaging system. We will call you back to book an appointment if appropriate.

Contact information

Phone 0161 769 2244
Email reception@gmlaw.org.uk

On our Contact page, you will find a map with location of our premises and travel information.

If we cannot help you, we will always try to give you further information and refer you to an organisation who can.

 

Helpful resources for individuals and organisations that help homeless people, private renters and social housing tenants

To find out more about the information and helpful resources we provide, please click on the relevant icon.

Other Places to Find Housing Advice

BPP Legal Advice Clinic

The clinic offers advice on various housing issues including neighbour disputes, tenancy issues, service charges, rent deposits and disrepair.

Tel: 0161 235 7180

Email: blacm@my.bpp.com

Web: http://probono.bppuniversity.ac.uk

Address: BPP Legal Advice Clinic Manchester, St James Building, Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FQ

Manchester Mind

Free and impartial advice on welfare benefits, debt and housing to people with mental health needs living in Manchester.

Phone: 0161 769 5732

Email: info@manchestermind.org

Web: https://www.manchestermind.org/our-services/advice/

 

Cheetham Hill Advice Centre

Web: cheethamadvice.org.uk

Tel: 0161 740 8999

  • Help claiming Universal Credit, Tax Credits and benefits
  • Help with Council Tax support
  • Advice on debt
  • Advice on housing and help claiming housing benefit
  • Advice on the Government’s furlough scheme
  • Advice if you have no recourse to public funds
  • Advice on self employment income support scheme
  • Advice on statutory sick pay
The Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme

If you are a Defendant in a possession case Shelter Manchester are funded by the Legal Aid Agency to provide free advice and representation at court.

You do not need to be financially eligible for this advice – it is free to anyone facing possession regardless of income contact Shelter Manchester on 0344 515 1711 or manchesterdutyscheme@shelter.org.uk and they will refer you to the agency who will be at court on the day.

Street Support Network

Email: info@streetsupport.net

Web: www.streetsupport.net

For information about organisations offering assistance to people who are homeless or in need of support.

Find a Solicitor

If you need help to find a solicitor who may be able to help you with your problem the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor search tool can provide you with details for local solicitors. Please note that only the Manchester-based solicitors in this list can provide services paid for by Legal Aid, if this is essential for you: Alfred Newton Solicitors; Alison Law Solicitors; Citizens Advice Manchester; Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd; Grand & Machyle Solicitors; Jackson Lees Group Ltd; Peasegoods; Penninewest Citizens Advice Bureau; Shelter; Wtb Solicitors LLP.

Tel: 020 7320 5650 (Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:30 charged at local call rates)

Web: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/

 

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Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) is committed to campaigning for better rights for homeless people and tenants. We believe that housing should be for people not for profit, and that everyone has a right to a suitable and safe home.

In our ‘Campaigns’ and ‘News & Events’ sections (see the menu above), you will find a list of the many campaign issues we are working and writing on.

If you want to join us, offer your help or support us in our work please click on this link.

GMLC exists to fight together for free access to justice and are always keen to work with other organisations that can help us on this mission. If you think that GMLC can work with your organisation or you would like us to offer legal training to your organisation please get in touch: developmentworker@gmlaw.org.uk.

Day of Action with Acorn

Recent GMLC News on Housing & Homelessness

An interview with Nick Bano: how to solve the housing crisis

Following the publication of his new book Against Landlords: How to Solve the Housing Crisis (2024, Verso), GMLC interviewed housing barrister Nick Bano about housing issues, including rent controls, what…

GMLC recruiting for two new staff members for our housing team

Join our housing team and the fight for housing justice! Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) is one of the few specialist housing advice agencies in the North West. We don’t…

Housing benefit freezes leave tenants out in the cold

GMLC’s Judy Sutton looks at the real-world effects of the freeze on housing benefits since 2020 – and why this must be changed urgently. With additions and context by Kate…

Tackling Disrepair: Why Enforcement Matters

Today, we release our Housing Justice Network research report into the enforcement of disrepair for tenants, which has been 6 months in the making. The Housing Justice Network is a…

Is rent control the way forward?

GMLC campaign volunteer Nick Sloan considers whether we need rent controls in privately rented housing in England and Wales. It is no secret that more people are renting in the…

Josie Hicklin shortlisted for a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award 2023

We are proud to share that Greater Manchester Law Centre’s Solicitor Josie Hicklin has been shortlisted for a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) Award. Josie first started at…

1313 people died while homeless across the UK in 2022: a summary

GMLC campaign volunteers Akinola Akinyanju and Rosie Coan summarise the Dying Homeless Project’s new report into deaths of homeless people in 2022.   Introduction For over a year, Greater Manchester…

GMLC join the Renters Reform Coalition Day of Action, 21 March 2023

GMLC’s Housing Campaign Volunteer Lead Rosie Coan summarises her day in London at the Renters Reform Coalition Day of Action.    On Tuesday 21 March I joined the Renters’ Reform…