Homelessness Prevention and Reduction Seminar

With a focus on the Homelessness Reduction Bill (Act) this seminar takes a close look at the duties of homelessness and in particular the new duty to prevent homelessness in England.

The training draws on the independent review of the legislation by an expert housing panel (involving Crisis, St Mungo’s and Shelter) and looks at the Welsh 'no one turned away' duty to provide an understanding of aims of the changes, key differences, the impact in Wales and implications for England.

Delegates will examine practical strategies for the prevention of homelessness, considering the options that may be available in a range of housing situations including relationship breakdown, parental exclusion and eviction.

A good practice Personal Housing Plan is provided with guidance on tailored advice.

Public course dates
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11 May 2017 London £99.00 £99.00 £99.00

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17 May 2017 Manchester £99.00 £99.00 £99.00
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6 Jun 2017 Manchester £99.00 £99.00 £99.00
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8 Jun 2017 London £99.00 £99.00 £99.00

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16 Jun 2017 London £99.00 £99.00 £99.00

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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 a further additional London date: Friday 30 June. There is also space on our additional Manchester date: Tuesday 6 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 11 May / 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.

Patrick Whelan: Manchester 17 May / 6 June 2017

Patrick Whelan has been a trainer for Shelter since 2000. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years as well as for a local authority. Patrick trains extensively in housing law, homelessness, and many more housing related subjects.

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".

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