Housing Law for Supported Housing Workers

This course provides those working in supported housing with an overview of relevant law in two key areas: security of tenure and homelessness and allocations. Participants will develop a good understanding of the rights of tenants and residents, the obligations of landlords and an appreciation of issues relating to statutory housing duties and access to social housing.

Course contains

  • Overview of housing law
    - The distinction between tenancy and license 
    - The role of the tenancy/license agreement
    - Legislation
    - Common law
  • Types of license and tenancy used in supported housing
  • Tenancies used by local authorities and housing associations
  • Tenancy agreements
    - Express and implied terms
  • Eviction - possession procedures on tenancies and licenses, to include:
    - Rent arrears
    - Anti-social behaviour
    - Breach of occupation agreement
    - Failure to engage with support
  • Termination of the tenancy or license by the occupier
  • Overview of homelessness legislation
    - Homelessness prevention
    - The role of voluntary sector agencies
    - Homeless applications
    - Duties at each stage of the process
    - Exercises
  • Homelessness - the five tests
    - Homelessness
    - Eligibility
    - Priority need
    - Intentional homelessness
    - Local connection
  • The full housing duty
    - How the duty will end
    - Suitability of accommodation provided
  • Allocations
    - The legal framework for local authorities
    - Choice based lettings
    - Housing associations.

Learning outcomes

After attending this course delegates will be able to:
  • Recognise the common tenancy and license types used in social housing and the private rented sector and associated security of tenure
  • Advise on notice requirements
  • Advise on criteria the court can use to make an order for possession and advise on possible defences
  • Find out when the council might have a duty to start homeless investigations under the Housing Act 1996 (Part VII)
  • Describe the key factors relating to homelessness, eligibility for assistance, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection
  • Advise on local authority duties towards a homeless person
  • Identify the legal issues which arise in allocation of social housing under the Housing Act 1996 (Part VI).

Suitable for

Staff working in supported housing, both those who work in housing schemes and those providing floating support to clients in social rented housing.

CPD hours 10