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.

Public course dates
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3-4 May 2017 London £320.00 £350.00 £280.00
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1-2 Aug 2017 London £320.00 £350.00 £280.00
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Following the EU referendum result the rights and responsibilities covered in these course notes won’t change unless new laws are passed. This will take time and we will update relevant courses when appropriate.

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

Ian Dunn: London 3-4 May / London 1-2 August 2017

Ian 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.

Guy Wardle: Bristol 26-27 January 2017

Guy is a full-time independent consultant and trainer who has delivered training for Shelter since 2000. He has worked in the field of housing and homelessness for over 25 years and has worked as a freelance trainer and consultant for fifteen years. Initially Guy worked in hostels for single homeless people, and then housing advice, for nine years. Guy has previously been a director of two small charities assisting single homeless people and was a member of the steering committee of the West Midlands Housing Law Group. Guy runs many of Shelter's courses, including the more advanced housing and homelessness topics. Much of his consultancy work is around the delivery of local authority housing options services - advising on homelessness reviews - and the management of supported housing projects, including assisting in drafting policies, procedures and tenancy and license agreements.
CPD hours 10