Assured Shorthold Tenancies

This course provides delegates with a better understanding of assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) which are the most common form of tenure in the private rented sector and, following Localism, are being increasingly used in the social-rented sector. It examines homelessness prevention and housing advice interventions. This course also covers how to advise people entering ASTs, giving housing advisers more confidence.

Public course dates
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27 Jun 2017 London £230.00 £260.00 £180.00
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5 Sep 2017 London £230.00 £260.00 £180.00
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5 Dec 2017 London £230.00 £260.00 £180.00
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Course contains

  • A better understanding of ASTs including particular issues and features to effectively advise people entering and ending ASTs
  • A look at PRPSHs and ASTs after the Localism Act 2011
  • Examination of how and when ASTs can be used in the discharge of homelessness duties
  • Review of how to achieve homelessness prevention and early housing advice interventions when clients have an AST
  • A review of changes to the law in relation to deposits, s21 notices and retaliatory evictions under the Deregulation Act 2015

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify if a tenancy is an AST
  • Describe how and when ASTs can be ended
  • Decide if a Section 21 Notice is correct or not and how to delay or prevent homelessness where possible
  • Identify when an assured shorthold tenant is statutorily homeless
  • Understand how homelessness duties can be discharged using ASTs
  • Describe how PRPSHs can use ASTs.

Suitable for

Local authority housing options, homelessness and homelessness prevention staff, private sector landlord liaison officers, PRPSH/housing association staff, resettlement officers, student accommodation advisers, not-for-profit and private landlords, housing lawyers and advisers. A basic knowledge of security of tenure issues would be helpful but not essential.

Meet the trainers

Ian Dunn: London 27 June 2017

Ian has worked for Shelter as a trainer and consultant since 2004. He has been working and training in housing law for almost 20 years. As well as lecturing in social welfare law at the University of Westminster he has many years’ experience working with housing associations and local authorities providing tailored courses. Ian excels at conveying complex information in an easy to understand way and adapting to the knowledge and experience of the group. Ian encourages interaction and questions from participants and has a warm, approachable manner.

John Shortridge: London 5 September, London 5 December 2017

John has been a freelance trainer and consultant for over 15 years. He has written training materials on many aspects of housing and homelessness law, debt and welfare benefits and tailored courses on these themes for numerous local authorities, volunteer organisations, housing associations and colleges.

John was also an adviser for the Citizens Advice Bureau Service for 10 years. In June 2002 he completed the Common Professional Examination (Diploma in Law) with commendation.

John has a lively, interactive training style.

CPD hours 5