These should be spelled out in full in the first instance, with the abbreviation in brackets. Use the abbreviation whenever it next appears.

For definitions of digital terms, read our digital glossary.

ABA

Acceptable Behaviour Agreement

ABC

Acceptable Behaviour Contract

ALG

Association of London Government

ACEA

Association of Civil Enforcement Agencies

ASBI

Anti-social Behaviour Injunction

ASBO

Anti-social Behaviour Order

BA

Benefits Agency

BAME

Black, Asian, and minority ethnic

BVPI

Best Value Performance Indicator

CBA

Certified Bailiffs Association

CIEH

Chartered Institute for Environmental Health

CIH

Chartered Institute of Housing

CML

Council of Mortgage Lenders

CPR

Civil Procedure Rules

COG

Code of guidance

CORGI

Council for Registered Gas Installers

CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group

CLS

Community Legal Service

CPO

Compulsory Purchase Order

CRE

Commission for Racial Equality

CTB

Council Tax Benefit

DIYSO

Do-It-Yourself Shared Ownership

DEFRA

Dept of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DHP

Discretionary Housing Payment

DRP

Displaced residential occupier

DTTO

Drug Treatment and Testing Order

DWP

Department for Work and Pensions

EHO

Environmental health officer

FSA

Financial Services Authority

HB

Housing Benefit

HBRB

Housing Benefit Review Board

HC

Housing Corporation

HMO

House in multiple occupation (HMOs when plural)

HMSO

Her Majesty’s Stationery Office

HOLP

Hostels Online Project

HOMES

Housing Mobility and Exchange Scheme

HRT

Habitual residence test

IHO

Independent Housing Ombudsman

IPO

Interim Possession Order

IS

Income Support

ISMI

Income Support for Mortgage Interest

JCWI

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

JSA

Jobseeker’s Allowance

LA

Local authority

LAG

Legal Action Group

LAS/LEASE

Leasehold Advisory Service

LGA

Local Government Association

LGO

Local Government Ombudsman

LSE

Leasehold Scheme for the Elderly

LSVT

Large-scale voluntary transfer

LVT

Leasehold Valuation Tribunal

MIG

Mortgage indemnity guarantee

NASS

National Asylum Support Service

NHF

National Housing Federation

NSP

Notice of seeking possession

NTQ

Notice to quit

ODPM

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

OPSI

Office of Public Sector Information

OFT

Office of Fair Trading

PIO

Protected intending occupier

PPG

Planning Policy Guidance

RAC

Rent Assessment Committee

RHS

Regional Housing Strategy (RHSs for plural)

RO

Rent officer

RSL

Registered social landlord (RSLs when plural)

RTB

Right to Buy

SI

Statutory Instrument

TPAS

Tenant Participation and Advisory Service

TRO

Tenancy relations officer


Other glossaries

Learn the compound housing terms

Learn the language of digital working in our digital glossary