Disrepair in the Private Rented Sector

N.B. We are having technical problems with this course at present. Please note the 23 February date has been cancelled so this course is now only available for delivery to groups of staff in-house.

This new seminar looks at the law governing disrepair and bad housing conditions in the private sector, both in terms of legal responsibilities under the tenancy agreement and from the point of view of the Local Authority’s enforcement role; it also highlights new safeguards against the retaliatory eviction of assured shorthold tenants brought in by the Deregulation Act 2015

‘Mark always makes his training relevant to your individual needs.’

Housing Advisor, Barnsley MBC

Course contains

  • Who’s responsible for what under the tenancy – express terms and implied obligations
  • When can the Council get involved – Housing Health and Safety Rating System and statutory nuisance
  • Retaliatory eviction
  • Practical advice implications

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Take a systematic approach to advising on repair issues
  • Weigh up the pro’s and cons of involving the Local Authority
  • Prevent homelessness in cases to which the retaliatory eviction provisions of the Deregulation Act apply

Suitable for

Housing advisers or housing options officers who work with private sector tenants.

Meet the trainer

Mark Robinson worked as a housing advice worker from 1987 and then qualified as a housing solicitor in 1999. In his casework he has specialised in challenging homeless decisions, acting for tenants in s21 1988 Housing Act possession claims, and in defending anti-social behaviour possession and injunction proceedings. He has a particular interest in human rights and public law issues. Mark has trained extensively in housing law for Shelter since 1999, writes and updates a range of our courses and is housing editor of the Citizens Advice publication ‘The Adviser’.

CPD hours 5