BHT’s Brighton Advice Centre works throughout Brighton & Hove and provides the following services:
Specialist Housing Advice
Since April 2013, legal aid (which funds some of the work undertaken at Brighton Advice Centre), can now only help with housing problems that meet the following criteria:
- defending rent possession proceedings
- unlawful eviction
- disrepair that causes a serious risk to health
- help with homelessness (whether actual or threatened)
- court proceedings for housing related anti-social behaviour
- injunctions under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997
People accessing advice at the Brighton Advice Centre must be eligible for legal aid. If they are, they will be entitled to legal advice.
Please contact the Brighton Advice Centre reception team using the details below to find out if you are eligible.
To receive help under the legal aid scheme you must bring the following to your appointment:
- proof of your income for the past calendar month (e.g. your last payslip, a letter confirming your entitlement to benefits, bank statement covering the last month)
- if you have a partner you must bring proof of their income as well
- proof of your capital or savings for each account you have in the form of an up to date statement or passbook
In exceptional circumstances, you may not need to provide these documents if the help you need is an emergency and you cannot obtain them.
How to access the service
For an appointment call:
Or call in during reception times between:
Monday to Friday from 9am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm.
If you would like some legal housing advice then come along to one of our drop in sessions:
Monday to Wednesday from 9.15am – 12.30pm
To contact us via email
113 Queen’s Road
Court Duty Scheme
The Court Duty Scheme provides last-minute emergency advice for people facing eviction who have a court hearing.
A specialist Housing Advisor from BHT attends the County Court in Brighton when repossession cases are being heard.
However, we would strongly recommend you contact BHT’s Brighton Advice Centre as soon as you are given notice of possession by your landlord.
This service is available to all tenants facing eviction or repossession who have a hearing listed on that day. Our Housing Adviser or Solicitor might be very busy on the day, so you need to arrive at court about an hour before your hearing is listed.
When you arrive, ask at the court for the BHT Housing Advisor.
Webcam Advice Service
BHT’s Webcam Advice Service offers specialist advice on housing and benefits issues from a computer, tablet or smartphone. The service provides advice through the internet using Skype or any other digital means that suit our clients.
Residents of Brighton & Hove are able to access this service from the comfort of their own home and at a convenient time to them. People come to the service with a variety of queries relating to housing and benefits, including advice about disrepair, deposits, appeals, EAA workers and benefits, and housing benefit issues.
How to access the service
Book an appointment
The Digital Inclusion project dispenses housing advice by webcam and email.
Booking an appointment is easy. Hour-long webcam appointments are currently limited to Tuesdays between 12noon and 5pm, with a view to increasing the availability of appointments within the near future.
Appointments can often be made for the same week, so clients do not have to wait to get the advice they need.
- Choose a day and time convenient to you
- Enter basic contact information and notes about the housing or benefit issue
Once an appointment is booked a Digital Advice and Inclusion Officer will email you to confirm the appointment and provide simple instructions about how the appointment will be conducted.
After the webcam appointment is conducted the Adviser will email the client with an advice letter and any further instructions on the matter. There may be casework resulting from appointments, and this is discussed and agreed on a case-by-case basis.
The Webcam Advice Service aims to be as flexible as possible and if the above procedure is not convenient or possible for the individual, the service will attempt to arrange an alternate means of providing the advice.
Write to us
Webcam Advice Service
113 Queens Road
Visit the website
Immigration Legal Service
The Immigration Legal Service (ILS) provides advice and representation, under the Legal Aid scheme, in all areas of asylum and human rights law relating to Article 3 of the ECHR.
In addition we can provide advice and representation in some areas of Immigration law namely, bail applications, applications made by victims of trafficking, some Domestic Violence cases, and for preparation for a Judicial Review challenge.
In April 2013 Legal Aid for all other areas of immigration law and Article 8 (private and family life) was taken ‘out of scope’ which means it is no longer available.
It is currently still possible to apply for Legal Aid for certificated Judicial Review work in all areas of Immigration and asylum law, and ILS can assist in identifying these cases.
Advice and representation is provided by specialist solicitors and caseworkers to those who are financially eligible for Legal Aid.
We represent clients at all stages of the asylum process, and in bail, trafficking or domestic violence cases, from the initial application to appeals before the first tier and the upper tribunal. We also represent clients in applications for judicial review in the upper tribunal and administrative court in all areas of asylum and immigration law.
We also represent in onward appeals to the higher courts. We also represent clients in matters relating to asylum support, unlawful detention and in the European Court of Human Rights.
We can offer appointments for more complex matters where Legal aid is available for:
- Advice and representation in asylum and article 3 applications.
- Preparation and representation at asylum and article 3 appeals.
- Advice and representation in Bail, Domestic violence cases and for those who have been found to be the victims of trafficking and preparation and representation at Appeals
- Advising on the merits of making an application for Judicial Review.
- Advice, assistance and representation in the High Courts.
We will organise professional interpreters when necessary.
Home visits can be arranged if you are not able to come to the office.
Our free casework service is available to people who qualify for Legal Aid or who are on a low income and live in the South East.
This will depend on your financial circumstances. To help us decide whether you are eligible for Legal Aid We will need to see evidence of your means (income and capital) for the three last months, and that of your partner, if you have one.
BHT are not currently able to provide the Immigration Telephone Helpline.
We are only able to assist people who are eligible for Legal Aid, namely those who are applying for asylum, or come within the following exceptions:
- spouses who are suffering domestic violence,
- judicial review work
To contact us to see if you are eligible for legal aid and to make an appointment:
or call into our reception at:
Community Base, 117 Queens road, Brighton BN1 3XG
and leave your name, phone number and the nature of your query.
One of our caseworkers will contact you as soon as they are able.
If you require an appointment at our Hastings / St Leonards on Sea office then please make this clear in your email.