Housing Conditions: Legal Liabilities and Maintenance

This course provides an overview of the legal framework covering housing disrepair and conditions that pose a risk to the health and/or safety of occupiers. It is based on how those concerned about their housing conditions can be helped and advised. Participants will receive an introduction to the powers and duties of local authorities and what can be expected of them. Including action under the Housing Act 2004 .

Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Please note: this course was previously called 'Disrepair and Conditions: The Legal Framework'.

Course contains

  • What is meant by disrepair (and limitations)
  • Repairing obligations and liabilities of landlords
  • Basic rights of tenants with respect to disrepair
  • Overview of the remedies that are available and how they apply and can be used in different circumstances
  • Statutory nuisance and use of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • What local authorities can achieve and self-help remedies
  • The Housing Health and Safety Rating System and enforcement under the Housing Act 2004
  • Introduction to legislation applicable to houses in multiple occupation under the Housing Act 2004
  • Basic framework on the financial assistance that local authorities may provide under new powers

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the legal liabilities arising from a lack of maintenance
  • Understand what is 'disrepair' and its significance
  • Identify options and possible routes of action to deal with housing conditions, and where to apply them
  • Provide advice on how to secure legal remedies for housing condition problems.

Suitable for

Housing advisers and other housing advice workers who have a basic knowledge of the law on security of tenure.

Meet the trainer

Nancy Witham has more than 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector working as a manager within a number of different frontline teams, including Neighbourhood, Supported Housing and Income. Nancy has several years’ experience as a Learning and Development trainer for one of the UK’s largest housing associations, delivering training to operational staff in Repairs & Maintenance, Housing Management, Property Construction, Repairs Diagnosis, Neighbourhood and Customer Service. Nancy has an engaging and interactive training style.

CPD hours 5