Homelessness Prevention and Reduction Seminar

The Homelessness Reduction Act creates a new duty for local authorities to prevent homelessness in England and this course explains these duties, what further changes are expected as well as the implications of the new legislation for the sector. The training will take delegates through practical strategies to achieve prevention of homelessness based on the options that may be available in cases of relationship breakdown and eviction as well as to helping client to maximise income.
Public course dates
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30 Jun 2017 London £99.00 £99.00 £99.00
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13 Jul 2017 London £99.00 £99.00 £99.00

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28 Sep 2017 London £99.00 £99.00 £99.00
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Due to overwhelming demand for this seminar we have confirmed an additional London date: Friday 30 June.

Seminar covers

  • Current prevention duties
  • The new law and impact in Wales
  • The Homelessness Reduction Bill
  • Strategies for resolving issues at the notice stage
  • Maximising income
  • Issues arising following relationship breakdown
  • Sustaining tenancies during absence
  • Tenancy support strategies
  • Negotiation skills.

Learning outcomes

After attending, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the current and future prevention duties
  • Consider tools and strategies to prevent homelessness
  • Identify defective notices
  • Confidently negotiate with hosts and landlords.

Suitable for

Homelessness and housing staff, and anyone concerned with the prevention of homelessness, from both the statutory or voluntary sectors. Delegates will need a basic knowledge of the homelessness legislation and landlord and tenant law.

Meet the trainers

Tony Martin: London 8 June / London 13 July / London 28 September 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.

Rita Parmar: London 16 June / 30 June 2017

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