Harassment and Disrepair: An Introduction

This course provides an overview of common problems arising under tenancies. Delegates will consider legal frameworks for harassment/illegal eviction and disrepair, looking at action that can be taken by the tenant and the local authority.

Course contains

  • Landlord's repairing obligations
  • Tenants' rights and duties
  • Local authority powers
  • What harassment and illegal eviction are
  • Criminal offences
  • Civil remedies
  • Tactical and practical approaches.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Advise tenants on the different options available
  • Adopt a structured approach to evaluating complaints or disrepair
  • Identify the elements of criminal offences under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.

Suitable for

Frontline housing staff and housing managers; staff responsible for developing antisocial behaviour strategies; advisers and support workers.

Meet the trainer

Rita Parmar has run advanced housing law courses for Shelter Training since 2000. She has specialised in housing law since 1996. Rita worked in Shelter's Legal Team from 1999 to 2016 as a solicitor and managing solicitor where her caseload included Court of Appeal cases, emergency judicial review applications for homelessness, possession actions and urgent injunctions for unlawful evictions and disrepair. She also had a 6 month attachment to Haringey Women's Forum giving housing law assistance to women fleeing domestic violence. Additionally, Rita has taught housing law to undergraduates on the LLB course and to graduates on the MA course in legal advice at London Metropolitan University. Her experience in running housing cases led to her co-authoring "Court Procedures and Housing Cases: A Practitioner's Guide".

CPD hours 5