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. The course incorporates all the changes brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act.


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Public course dates
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16-17 Sep 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00

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14-15 Oct 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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11-12 Nov 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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19-20 Nov 2019 Manchester £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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14-15 Jan 2020 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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10-11 Mar 2020 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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19-20 May 2020 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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3-4 Jun 2020 Manchester £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1,850; Standard / Concessionary £1,730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘(This course) covered all aspects. Good case histories, reference to case law and resources to follow up in more detail.’

Network Enabler, Birmingham LGBT

‘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
  • 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

Chris Morris: Manchester 25-26 June 2019

Chris started his housing advice career in 1982 within citizens advice, eventually managing a West London CAB. He then qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and worked in private practice between 1994-2002, specialising in housing and working on several significant Court of Appeal cases. He then spent some time working for Oxford Housing Rights Centre before joining Shelter’s London legal team in 2004. Whilst at Shelter Chris became a managing solicitor and then deputy head of legal services. He led Shelter’s recent Supreme Court interventions in ‘Hotak’ (2015) and ‘McDonald’ (2016), before moving to the government legal department carrying out public law litigation.

Chris has wide experience of possession proceedings, homelessness and judicial review. He has trained many of Shelter’s intermediate and advanced housing law and homelessness courses, as well as delivering for the HLPA and to NHAS trainers. He is now a Shelter freelance trainer and lectures and teaches the housing law module to undergraduates at Westminster University.

Louella Crisfield: London 28-29 May 2019

Louella has been a freelance trainer for us since 2004. She currently works as a housing caseworker at Miles & Partners LLP in East London. Prior to that she worked for an East London Law Centre as a housing caseworker for 15 years and for Mind as a housing and welfare rights adviser for two years. Lou has over 20 years’ experience in the field of housing law. Lou has a particular interest in homelessness, security of tenure, housing for young people and housing or public law remedies for people without recourse to public funds. She has produced a wide range of training materials and presented courses to all levels of delegates in her work with Shelter and her work in the Law Centre and currently at Miles & Partners.

Sharon Nandoo: London 16-17 September 2019

Sharon has over 18 years’ experience of housing law. As a qualified legal executive Sharon has represented local authorities and housing associations in a range of legal issues including disrepair counterclaims, anti-social behaviour, sub-letting and rent arrears. Sharon spent 12 years working for one of the largest housing associations in the South East, specialising in anti-social behaviour, subletting and domestic abuse. Sharon has been a freelance trainer and consultant since 2015, advising social landlords on tenancy issues and policy development.

Rita Parmar: London 11-12 November 2019

Rita has run advanced housing law courses for Shelter Training since 2000. She has specialised in housing law since 1996. Rita worked in Shelter’s Legal Team from 1999 to 2016 as a solicitor and managing solicitor where her caseload included Court of Appeal cases, emergency judicial review applications for homelessness, possession actions and urgent injunctions for unlawful evictions and disrepair. She also had a 6 month attachment to Haringey Women’s Forum giving housing law assistance to women fleeing domestic violence. Additionally, Rita has taught housing law to undergraduates on the LLB course and to graduates on the MA course in legal advice at London Metropolitan University. Her experience in running housing cases led to her co-authoring "Court Procedures and Housing Cases: A Practitioner's Guide".

Guy Wardle: Manchester19-20 November 2019

Guy is a full time independent consultant and trainer who has delivered training for us 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 in 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 our 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