Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

This training will cover the new obligation on landlords introduced by The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 to keep their property "fit" and the rights it gives tenants to take legal action where their landlord fails to do so. It will look at the new non-statutory guidance issued by the MCHLG to help tenants, landlords and local authorities understand the Act which comes into force on 20 March 2019.

As the 3 April date is now fully booked we have scheduled a further date which is Thursday 16 May 2019.

Please note: This half-day event will start at 9.30am and finish at 1pm.

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
  Standard   Commercial Concessionary
23 Apr 2020 Resource for London £110.00 £120.00 £100.00
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Feedback from the first seminar:

‘Very informative, relevant and current.’

Private Rented Sector Team Leader

‘A thorough overview of the Act.’

Caseworker, Wandsworth Citizens Advice Bureau

N.B. Our 2019 London courses are being held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact with any queries rather than the venue direct).

Course contains

  • Background: gaps in pre-existing legislation
  • - Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 obligations: S11; S8

    - The Housing Health and Safety Rating System

    - Statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990

  • New obligations on landlords
  • - Exceptions to the obligation

    - Which tenancies does the obligation apply to?

    - Meaning of fitness

    - Notice and access

  • Remedies and procedure
  • - Funding cases.

    Suitable for

    Housing and homelessness officers, advisers, lawyers and those working with private and social sector tenants.

    Meet the trainer

    Chris Morris: London 3 April, 9.30-1pm

    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 16 May, 9.30-1pm

    Lou has been a freelance trainer for Shelter since 2004. Lou 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.

CPD hours 3