Assured Shorthold Tenancies

This course provides delegates with a better understanding of assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) which are the most common form of tenure in the private rented sector and are being increasingly used in the social-rented sector. It examines homelessness prevention and housing advice interventions. This course also covers how to advise people entering ASTs, giving housing advisers more confidence.


N.B. Our Jan-June 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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2 Apr 2019 Resource for London £230.00 £260.00 £180.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Course contains

  • A better understanding of ASTs including particular issues and features to effectively advise people entering and ending ASTs
  • A look at PRPSHs and ASTs after the Localism Act 2011
  • Examination of how and when ASTs can be used in the discharge of homelessness duties
  • Review of how to achieve homelessness prevention and early housing advice interventions when clients have an AST
  • A review of changes to the law in relation to deposits, s21 notices and retaliatory evictions under the Deregulation Act 2015.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify if a tenancy is an AST
  • Recognise the key issues in giving advice to the tenant
  • Be aware of the procedures landlords and tenants need to follow to terminate ASTs
  • Check the validity of Section 21 Notices
  • Explain the right to rent rules
  • State what help may be available from local authorities for Assured Shorthold Tenants who are facing the loss of accommodation under the Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Identify when an AST can be used to discharge homelessness duties.

Suitable for

Local authority housing options, homelessness and homelessness prevention staff, private sector landlord liaison officers, PRPSH/housing association staff, resettlement officers, student accommodation advisers, not-for-profit and private landlords, housing lawyers and advisers. A basic knowledge of security of tenure issues would be helpful but not essential.

Meet the trainers

John Shortridge

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 5