Homelessness Prevention and Reduction Seminar

The Homelessness Reduction Act creates a new duty for local authorities to prevent homelessness in England. The morning session of this one-day seminar outlines what is currently known about these duties, what further changes are expected, as well as the expected implications of the new legislation for the sector. During the afternoon delegates will look at 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 clients to maximise income.

‘(Tony had an) impressive depth of knowledge and experience. He went at a good pace; the course had no padding.’

Manager, Leatherhead SMART

Seminar covers

  • Current prevention duties
  • The new law and impact in Wales
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act
  • HRA flowchart
  • 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 trainer

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.

CPD hours 5