Housing Possession Actions

This course looks at the Civil Procedure Rules that advisers need to be aware of in order to deal with cases that end up in court. The course assumes no previous knowledge of the court procedure but delegates should be aware of grounds for possession for the various forms of tenancies and arguments to use to suspend a bailiff's warrant.
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‘Case studies helped to put theory into practice - helping to cement some basics.’

Senior Housing Services Officer, Yarrow Housing

Course contains

  • Detailed review of pre-action protocols for rent arrears possession cases
  • Examine the Civil Procedure Rules that relate to housing cases such as how to fill in a defence form
  • Explain directions
  • Overview of a claim for possession
  • Explain how to make an application to suspend a bailiff's warrant
  • Identify the range of orders the Court can make

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Confidently tackle possession cases
  • Defend a claim for possession
  • Complete a defence form
  • Complete an application to suspend a warrant
  • Advise a client on the steps of a possession case
  • Advise a client on the outcome of a possession hearing.
  • Suitable for

    Housing advisers, debt workers and housing officers who are familiar with security of tenure who wish to appear in county court possession claims, at either the first possession hearing or subsequent hearings. Delegates must be familiar with notice rules and grounds for possession.

    Meet the trainer

    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".
    CPD hours 5