Housing Law and Advice: a Foundation (Part A)

This popular, well-established four-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the most important aspects of housing aid and advice work. Delegates gain the legal knowledge and practical skills required to determine housing status and become familiar with the principles, processes and duties inherent in the homelessness legislation. Homelessness content includes decisions of the Supreme Court in Hotak v Southwark LBC (2015) UKSC 30 and Nzolameso v Westminster CC (2015) UKSC 22.
Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
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6/7/13/14 Jun 2017 London £650.00 £700.00 £620.00
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8/9/15/16 Aug 2017 London £650.00 £700.00 £620.00
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‘Very informative and well delivered. A must for all new housing advisors.’

Gateway Customer Service Adviser, Tunbridge Wells BC

‘Very good training. Made a lot of heavy information easily accessible and understandable.’

Solicitor, Central London Law Centre

Course contains

Day One

  • Housing status
  • History of housing legislation
  • Rent Act 1977, Housing Acts 1985, 1988 and 1996
  • Changes to social housing law under the Localism Act 2011
  • Tenancies and licences
  • Occupiers outside mainstream protection
  • Excluded occupiers
  • Tied accommodation
  • Notice rules.

Day Two

  • Grounds for possession
  • Possession orders and brief overview of the role of the court
  • Bailiffs' warrants
  • Basic defence of proceedings and counterclaims
  • Joint tenancies
  • Fixed-term tenancies
  • Impact of order for possession on security of tenure.

Days Three and Four

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

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose security of tenure
  • Advise an occupier on notice entitlement
  • Instruct an occupier on criteria the court can use to make an order for possession
  • Identify where an occupier has a defence against possession proceedings
  • Find out when the council has a duty to start a homelessness investigation under the Housing Act 1996 (Part VI)
  • Describe key factors relating to eligibility for assistance, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection
  • Advise on the duties of a local authority towards a homeless person
  • Identify the legal issues which arise in allocation of social housing under the Housing Act 1996 (Part VI).

Suitable for

Recently appointed advisers from the statutory and voluntary sectors, as well as those who wish to broaden their knowledge or catch up with recent changes in housing law and policy. This course assumes little or no knowledge of legislation.

Meet the trainers

Ian Dunn & John Shortridge : London 5-6 & 12-13 April 2017

Ian Dunn & Tony Martin : 6-7 & 13-14 June 2017

John Shortridge : 8-9 & 15-16 August 2017

Tony Martin

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, workshadowing and written summary reports for Shelter Consultancy since 2013.

Ian Dunn

Ian Dunn has worked for Shelter as a trainer and consultant since 2004. He has been working and training in housing law for almost 20 years. As well as lecturing in social welfare law at the University of Westminster he has many years’ experience working with housing associations and local authorities providing tailored courses. Ian excels at conveying complex information in an easy to understand way and adapting to the knowledge and experience of the group. Ian encourages interaction and questions from participants and has a warm, approachable manner.

John Shortridge

John Shortridge 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.

CPD hours 20