Tenancy Status and Rights

This two-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the law as it relates to security of tenure in the public and private sectors, outlining the legal knowledge and practical skills required to determine housing status.

N.B. Our January-May 2019 London courses will be held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact training@shelter.org.uk with any queries rather than the venue direct).

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
Places
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2-3 May 2019 Resource for London £320.00 £350.00 £280.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1850; Standard / Concessionary £1730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Please note: this course was previously called 'Security of Tenure: Introductory'.

Course contains

Day One

  • Housing status  - what is it and why is it important
  • History of housing legislation
  • Rent Act 1977, Housing Act 1985, Housing Act 1988, Housing Act 1996
  • 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 an order for possession on security of tenure

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose an occupier's security of tenure
  • Advise an occupier about their notice entitlement and whether a notice that has been given is valid
  • Advise an occupier about criteria on which the court can make an order for possession
  • Identify situations where an occupier has a defence to possession proceedings.

Suitable for

Housing workers, or people interested in housing issues, who have little or no experience of security of tenure, or those needing to update or consolidate their knowledge.

Meet the trainers

Tony Martin: 15-16 October 2018

Tony 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.

John Shortridge: 2-3 May 2019

John 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 10