Relationship Breakdown and Housing Rights

This course allows delegates to explore how relationship breakdown affects housing rights, whether married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting.

Course contains

  • Initial rights to remain in the home following relationship breakdown
  • Short term remedies- occupation orders and non-molestation orders under the Family Law Act 1996
  • An overview on entitlements to welfare benefits to help meet housing costs following relationship breakdown
  • Long term settlement of tenancies: assignment, abandonment, transfers via the family courts, surrender and notices to quit
  • Long-term settlement of owner-occupied property-brief overview
  • Links with homelessness legislation, who might be homeless and entitled to assistance from the local authority following relationship breakdown?

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Advise on the housing options available following relationship breakdown, both in the short and long term
  • Advise on how tenancies can be sustained, transferred or ended following relationship breakdown
  • Recognise when it would be appropriate to make a referral to a family law solicitor
  • Recognise when someone would be able to make a homeless application to the Local Authority following relationship breakdown.

Suitable for

Anyone who advises occupiers or manages tenancies following relationship breakdown; local authority and housing association housing officers, homeless and homeless prevention staff and housing advisors.

A basic knowledge of landlord and tenant law would be helpful but not essential.

Meet the trainer

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.

CPD hours 5