Challenging Homelessness Decisions

This course gives delegates the opportunity to explore the legal principles against which homeless decisions are judged by the court. It looks in detail at reviews under s202 1996 Housing Act, as well as appeals on a point of law under s204 1996 Housing Act and the role of Judicial Review in the High Court.

Following the EU referendum result the rights and responsibilities covered in these course notes won’t change unless new laws are passed. This will take time and we will update relevant courses when appropriate.

‘Excellent course, presented well - highly recommend!’

Homelessness Officer, Lewes DC

Course contains

  • Administrative decision-making
  • Common problems and tactics
  • Which decisions are reviewable under s.202 of the Housing Act 1996
  • Scope and conduct of s.202 reviews
  • Temporary accommodation pending review and appeal
  • Appeals to the county court under s.204.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Advise clients which procedure for challenge is applicable to different decisions
  • Draft review requests and review submissions
  • Evaluate homelessness case files in public law terms
  • Conduct homelessness investigations and reviews with more confidence
  • Advise on issues such as temporary accommodation pending review
  • Understand the role of the Ombudsman.

Suitable for

Homelessness and housing options officers, housing advisers and housing support workers. This course assumes that delegates are familiar with the basic definition sections and duties contained in Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996.

Meet the trainer

Tony Martin: London 9 November 2017

Tony Martin is a solicitor specialising in landlord and tenant and housing law. Alongside his work as a trainer, Tony supervises a student led legal advice clinic and teaches law at BPP University. He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 in a private Legal Aid firm and then practised as a senior solicitor in a Law Centre. Tony has spent all his working life in housing, having worked in hostels, special needs housing and housing management in the voluntary sector and at a senior level in a homelessness service and in housing policy for a London local authority, prior to qualifying as a solicitor. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Tony has undertaken detailed homelessness and housing options case file reviews for local authorities and voluntary organisations, as well as undertaken staff performance interviews, work shadowing and written summary reports for Shelter Consultancy since 2013.

CPD hours 5