Tenancy Status and Rights

This two-day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the law as it relates to security of tenure in the public and private sectors, outlining the legal knowledge and practical skills required to determine housing status.

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Public course dates
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11-12 Nov 2019 Resource for London £320.00 £350.00 £280.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1850; Standard / Concessionary £1730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Please note: this course was previously called 'Security of Tenure: Introductory'.

Course contains

Day One

  • Housing status  - what is it and why is it important
  • History of housing legislation
  • Rent Act 1977, Housing Act 1985, Housing Act 1988, Housing Act 1996
  • Tenancies and licences
  • Occupiers outside mainstream protection
  • Excluded occupiers
  • Tied accommodation
  • Notice rules

Day Two

  • Grounds for possession
  • Possession orders and brief overview of the role of the court
  • Bailiffs' warrants
  • Basic defence of proceedings and counterclaims
  • Joint tenancies
  • Fixed term tenancies
  • Impact of an order for possession on security of tenure

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose an occupier's security of tenure
  • Advise an occupier about their notice entitlement and whether a notice that has been given is valid
  • Advise an occupier about criteria on which the court can make an order for possession
  • Identify situations where an occupier has a defence to possession proceedings.

Suitable for

Housing workers, or people interested in housing issues, who have little or no experience of security of tenure, or those needing to update or consolidate their knowledge.

Meet the trainers

Rita Parmar: 2-3 May 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".

Ian Dunn: 11-12 November 2019

Ian has worked for Shelter as a trainer and consultant since 2004. He has been working and training in housing law for almost 20 years. As well as lecturing in social welfare law at the University of Westminster he has many years’ experience working with housing associations and local authorities providing tailored courses. Ian excels at conveying complex information in an easy to understand way and adapting to the knowledge and experience of the group. Ian encourages interaction and questions from participants and has a warm, approachable manner.

CPD hours 10