Homelessness Law: Introductory

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles, processes and duties inherent in the homelessness legislation. Delegates will develop a systematic approach to homelessness law, become familiar with the Homelessness Code of Guidance for local authorities and consider the main principles relating to housing allocations. It also takes a brief look at the changes being brought in under the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Public course dates
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1-2 Nov 2017 Manchester £280.00 £310.00 £230.00
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14-15 Nov 2017 London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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29-30 Jan 2018 London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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21-22 Mar 2018 London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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17-18 Apr 2018 Birmingham £280.00 £310.00 £230.00
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15-16 May 2018 Manchester £280.00 £310.00 £230.00
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13-14 Jun 2018 London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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‘This course is very interesting and useful for anyone starting out in the homeless sector; also good for anyone who would like a refresher.’

Housing Solutions Officer, Tamworth BC

Course contains

  • Policy options for allocations and homelessness legislation
  • Legislation and the Homelessness Code of Guidance
  • Duty to make enquiries
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Housing options and prevention of homelessness
  • Key elements of the basic definition sections of the legislation
  • Assessing eligibility, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection
  • Discharge of the full housing duty including changes under Localism Act 2011
  • Important case law
  • Review and appeal rights
  • Allocation of housing

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify circumstances that trigger a council's duty to start a homelessness investigation
  • Describe key factors governing eligibility for assistance, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection.
  • Advise on the duties of a local authority towards a homeless person
  • Identify broad legal issues arising in the allocation of social housing.

Suitable for

Anyone who is likely to come into contact with, or needs to give housing advice to, people in housing need.  No prior knowledge of the legislation is needed.

Delegates with prior training or more experience may find our 'Homelessness and Allocations Law: Advanced' course more suitable.

Meet the trainers

Tony Martin: London 12-13 September 2017

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.

Gary Willock: Manchester 1-2 November 2017

Gary has a broad knowledge of housing law and has been practicing in this area for the over 10 years. His housing practice includes homelessness, public law and human rights defences, along with defences involving disability discrimination issues under the Equality Act 2010. In the context of housing cases, Gary also has experience of community care law - including assessments under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and accommodation under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948 - as well cases where defendants are protected parties. Before being called to the Bar, Gary was a partner at a niche housing law firm and therefore has the benefit of practical litigation experience. He regularly delivers practical-based training to solicitors and housing advisers.

Rita Parmar: London 14-15 November 2017

Rita Parmar has run advanced housing law courses for Shelter Training since 2003. She has worked in Shelter’s Legal Team since 1999 and is currently a Managing Solicitor. Rita has also worked for Haringey Women’s Forum as a housing law manager and has taught housing law to undergraduates on the LLB course at London Metropolitan University.

CPD hours 10