Introduction to Housing & Homelessness

This course explores the causes of homelessness and looks at housing options available. Delegates will look at the main duties owed to homeless people by local authorities.

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

Course contains

  • Current issues in housing and homelessness
  • Brief history of housing tenure in the UK
  • Housing options and barriers to access
  • Overview of homelessness legislation and local authority duties.

Leaning outcomes

After attending, delegates will have:

  • An understanding of the historical and current trends in the provision of housing in the UK
  • An overview of the security of tenure afforded tenants of Councils, Registered Social Landlords and private landlords
  • An understanding of how the homeless have been dealt with from the 19th Century to the present day
  • An understanding of the fundamental concepts involved in homelessness law and the current emphasis on prevention

Suitable for

People who work for a housing organisation but have limited contact with housing work eg receptionists, administrators, or fundraisers. This course is ideal as part of an induction process.


Please note: This course does not cover homelessness law in detail. Participants who need to give housing advice should attend Homelessness Law: Introductory.

Meet the trainer

Rita Parmar 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".

CPD hours 5