Immigration Status and Eligibility for Housing

This course examines the links between immigration status and housing rights. Delegates will receive an update on changes in statute, case law and practice. They will have the opportunity to consider how the different types of immigration status impact on the allocation of social housing and duties to those who are homeless.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY: We confirm/cancel courses three weeks in advance. Book your place early to give us an accurate idea of delegate numbers and to avoid disappointment.

Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Course will include (depending on delegate requirements):

  • Basic immigration status and how it affects entitlement to public funds
  • Which persons from abroad can be allocated social housing and are eligible for the purposes of Part VII of the Housing Act 1996
  • Habitual residence test
  • European Economic Area: an explanation of what free movement and rights to reside mean
  • Which Europeans and their family members are entitled to public funds; including what the position is where spouses separate, there is a divorce or the ‘worker’ dies
  • Which EEA nationals hold Permanent Residence and are thus always entitled to public funds
  • Social services provision for persons from abroad
  • The new 'Right to rent' checks requirement for private landlords
  • Case law in all relevant areas

Note: Delegates are encouraged to bring cases and issues of concern for discussion.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how immigration systems work
  • Understand how eligibility works
  • Advise migrants appropriately.

Suitable for

Advisers, policy makers and housing providers who need to know about the law concerning immigration and housing. Delegates will need a good basic knowledge of the framework of housing provision.

Note: This course complements our 'European Nationals, Workers from Abroad and Housing Rights' course. It does not cover any other groups than those stated. People who ONLY need to know about EU nationals, may find the 'European Nationals' course more suitable.

Meet the trainer

Vyaj Lovejoy

Vyaj Lovejoy is a barrister specialising in public law and human rights at 1MCB, Chambers of John Benson QC. She practices in housing, homelessness and community care law. Also practicing in immigration and asylum law, she has detailed knowledge of the crossover between housing and immigration law and how this affects European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and those without leave to remain. Vyaj has experience of housing and homelessness policy being a trustee of Just Fair, where she has represented before the United Nations, and from work with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel where she helped inform the drafting of a proposed Homelessness Bill in Israel. She previously volunteered at Greenwich Housing Rights for four years as a duty advocate and at Hackney Winter Night Shelter providing front line advice. Vyaj has experience of training other lawyers and teaching law to 14–18 year olds. She is currently studying an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, part time at Essex University.

CPD hours 5