Homelessness Law: Introductory

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles, processes and duties inherent in the homelessness legislation. Delegates will develop a systematic approach to homelessness law, become familiar with the Homelessness Code of Guidance for local authorities and consider the main principles relating to housing allocations. The course incorporates all the changes brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act.

N.B. Our January-May 2019 London courses will be held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact training@shelter.org.uk with any queries rather than the venue direct).

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
Places
  Standard   Commercial Concessionary
14-15 Mar 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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2-3 Apr 2019 Manchester £320.00 £350.00 £280.00
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28-29 May 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1,850; Standard / Concessionary £1,730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘(This course) covered all aspects. Good case histories, reference to case law and resources to follow up in more detail.’

Network Enabler, Birmingham LGBT

‘This course is very interesting and useful for anyone starting out in the homeless sector; also good for anyone who would like a refresher.’

Housing Solutions Officer, Tamworth BC

Course contains

  • Policy options for allocations and homelessness legislation
  • Legislation and the Homelessness Code of Guidance
  • Duty to make enquiries
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Housing options and prevention of homelessness
  • Key elements of the basic definition sections of the legislation
  • Assessing eligibility, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection
  • Important case law
  • Review and appeal rights
  • Allocation of housing

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify circumstances that trigger a council's duty to start a homelessness investigation
  • Describe key factors governing eligibility for assistance, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection.
  • Advise on the duties of a local authority towards a homeless person
  • Identify broad legal issues arising in the allocation of social housing.

Suitable for

Anyone who is likely to come into contact with, or needs to give housing advice to, people in housing need.  No prior knowledge of the legislation is needed.

Delegates with prior training or more experience may find our 'Homelessness and Allocations Law: Advanced' course more suitable.

Meet the trainers

Guy Wardle: Sheffield 17-18 September 2018

Guy Wardle is a full-time independent consultant and trainer who has delivered training for Shelter since 2000. He has worked in the field of housing and homelessness for over 25 years and has worked as a freelance trainer and consultant for fifteen years. Initially Guy worked in hostels for single homeless people, and then housing advice, for nine years. Guy has previously been a director of two small charities assisting single homeless people and was a member of the steering committee of the West Midlands Housing Law Group.

Guy runs many of Shelter’s courses, including the more advanced housing and homelessness topics. Much of his consultancy work is around the delivery of local authority housing options services - advising on homelessness reviews - and the management of supported housing projects, including assisting in drafting policies, procedures and tenancy and license agreements.

Gary Willock: Manchester 7-8 November 2018 / 2-3 April 2019

Gary has a broad knowledge of housing law and has been practicing in this area for the over 10 years. His housing practice includes homelessness, public law and human rights defences, along with defences involving disability discrimination issues under the Equality Act 2010. In the context of housing cases, Gary also has experience of community care law - including assessments under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and accommodation under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948 - as well cases where defendants are protected parties. Before being called to the Bar, Gary was a partner at a niche housing law firm and therefore has the benefit of practical litigation experience. He regularly delivers practical-based training to solicitors and housing advisers.

Sharon Nandoo: London 5-6 December 2018

Sharon Nandoo has over 18 years’ experience of housing law. As a qualified Legal Executive Sharon has represented Local Authorities and Housing Associations in a range of legal issues including disrepair counterclaims, anti-social behaviour, sub-letting and rent arrears. Sharon spent 12 years working for one of the largest Housing Associations in the South East, specialising in anti-social behaviour, subletting and domestic abuse.

Sharon has been a freelance trainer and consultant since 2015, advising social landlords on tenancy issues and policy development.

John Shortridge: London 8-9 October 2018

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.

Louella Crisfield: London 14-15 March 2019

Louella has been a freelance trainer for us since 2004. She currently works as a housing caseworker at Miles & Partners LLP in East London. Prior to that she worked for an East London Law Centre as a housing caseworker for 15 years and for Mind as a housing and welfare rights adviser for two years. Lou has over 20 years’ experience in the field of housing law. Lou has a particular interest in homelessness, security of tenure, housing for young people and housing or public law remedies for people without recourse to public funds. She has produced a wide range of training materials and presented courses to all levels of delegates in her work with Shelter and her work in the Law Centre and currently at Miles & Partners.

Ariane Adam: 28-29 May 2019

Ariane is a barrister at 1MCB, Chambers of John Benson QC. Her practice is focused on equality and human rights in the areas of housing, homelessness, and immigration. She is also frequently contracted to undertake human rights evaluations, and to produce policy and research papers for international bodies and organisations. Ariane has extensive experience in possession and homelessness matters, which has included volunteering at Greenwich Housing Rights as a duty advocate. Her knowledge of and experience in discrimination law have made her especially well placed to advise and pursue disability discrimination arguments in this area. She has particular experience in representing young and vulnerable people and individuals with mental health difficulties.

CPD hours 10