Housing Law and Advice: a Foundation (Part B)

This four-day course equips delegates with advanced skills for dealing with a wide range of housing problems by using a practical approach to more complex housing issues (following on from the Part A four-day programme). Available to be run 'in-house only' at present, we can arrange a course for a group of 6-16 staff to be delivered at a time and location to suit you. The topics covered can be tailored/changed to meet your needs.

Contains

Day one: Landlord and tenant law

  • Statutory v. contractual rights and obligations
    - Succession
    - Assignment
  • Rent control
  • Information from landlord
  • Tenants' charter rights
  • Introductory tenancies under the Housing Act 1996 (approximately half a day).

Day two: Challenging homelessness decisions

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

Day three:

AM: Disrepair

  • Landlords' repairing obligations
  • Tenants' rights and duties
  • Local authority powers

PM: Harassment and illegal eviction:

  • What is harassment and illegal eviction?
  • Criminal offences
  • Civil remedies
  • Tactical and practical approaches.

Day four: Domestic violence

  • Definitions and overview of domestic violence
  • Short-term occupation rights
  • Overview of civil remedies available under the Family Law Act 1996 (including injunctions and transfers of tenancy
  • Local authority homeless prevention initiatives to support victims of domestic violence who wish to remain in their homes
  • The potential impact of homelessness on clients escaping domestic violence
  • Homelessness legislation in domestic violence cases
  • Pros and cons of differing housing options

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and advise on assignment and succession rights of different types of tenancy
  • Advise on Tenancy Deposit Protection
  • Advise clients on how to challenge homeless decisions

  • - Draft review requests and review submissions
    - Evaluate homelessness case files in public law terms
    - Conduct homelessness investigations and reviews with more confidence
  • Advise tenants on the different options available when faced with disrepair and poor housing conditions
  • Advise tenants on the different options available when faced with landlord harassment and/or illegal eviction

  • - Identify the elements of criminal offences under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977
  • Understand the occupation rights of individuals affected by domestic violence

  • - Understand the different civil and criminal legal options available to those who have been affected by domestic violence
    - Identify local authority strategies that could make life safer for victims of domestic violence
    - Understand how a victim of domestic violence may be able to make a homeless application.

Suitable for

Advisers who have completed 'Foundation in Housing Law and Advice: Part A', or who have experience in the areas covered.

CPD hours 20