The Housing Act 2004 has brought about significant changes in business practice for landlords, lettings agents, and their legal advisers. The result has been widespread misinterpretation and confusion about the highly complex rules. "The Housing Act 2004 and Residential Lettings" offers a helping hand to guide the practitioner through the Act and its regulations, explaining the practical implications for residential lettings. Outlining the requirements and procedures under the Act, the authors highlight critical pitfalls, errors and loopholes, and illustrate how these can be avoided, or exploited.The reader also learns how the Act and its regulations are operating 'on the ground', taking account of the operating and enforcement guidance published by Government, and how this is reflected in the procedures implemented by local authorities and decisions made by the tribunals responsible for enforcing the provisions. This practical and accessible guide contains invaluable advice for lettings agents, property managers, and landlords alike.