Private Rented Sector: Harassment and Illegal Eviction

This course will equip delegates with practical and legal remedies to help tackle the problem of illegal eviction and harassment in the private rented sector, in the context of the Government's drive for homelessness prevention and Shelter's campaign against rogue landlords.

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

‘Practical approach. Left leaving a lot more confident in dealing with what can be a complex and complicated area’

Public Protection Officer, Shropshire Council

With the benefits changes taking effect many local authorities are reporting how illegal evictions have risen. Many tenants face a decrease in the amount of housing benefit being paid whilst rent levels continue to rise. As such, the chances and probabilities of illegal evictions occuring have grown and many local authorities and other organisations are preparing for this by learning what they can do to combat the illegal loss of a home.

Course contains

  • Who is protected from illegal eviction?
  • Local authority powers and civil remedies
  • Practical immediate measures that can be taken
  • Criminal and civil legislation
    - Protection from Eviction Act 1977
    - Criminal Law Act 1977
    - Protection from Harassment Act 1987
    - Injunctions
    - Civil Proceedings: causes of action and damages
  • How to take a statement
  • Forcible re-entry
  • The new provisions regarding retaliatory evictions.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Negotiate with landlords without alienating good ones
  • Take fast, immediate and effective action to prevent or reinstate illegal evictions
  • Develop a strategic approach to responding to an increase in illegal evictions.

Suitable for

Local authority officers with responsibility for dealing with illegal evictions, tenancy relations officers and housing advisers who have a basic knowledge of security of tenure. Also suitable for legal advisors responding to claims of illegal eviction and harassment.

Meet the trainer

Roger Barton, worked for over 15 years as a criminal investigative officer for a South London Borough dealing with illegal evictions and harassment by private landlords and hate crime in the private housing sector. He also worked at an advice desk providing practical help on any number of housing related topics, from disrepair issues to mortgage advice and attended the local court as part of a free representative scheme. Roger specialises in the prevention and prosecution of illegal evictions and tenant harassment, hate crime harassment and other forms of anti-social behaviour as well as understanding security of tenure and provision of homelessness options, in particular the complex area of eligibility of foreign nationals. He has combined this work with a career as a freelance trainer for the last 14 years, designing a variety of courses for a range of organisations including the Metropolitan Police and Shelter.

CPD hours 5