Challenging Prevention & Homelessness Decisions

This course gives delegates the opportunity to explore the legal principles against which homeless decisions are judged by the court. It looks in detail at which decisions can be reviewed under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, as well as appeals on a point of law under s204 1996 Housing Act and the role of Judicial Review in the High Court.

N.B. We have added an additional course in January 2020 to meet high demand for this course.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY: We confirm/cancel courses three weeks in advance. Book your place early to give us an accurate idea of delegate numbers and to avoid disappointment.

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

‘Excellent course, presented well - highly recommend!’

Homelessness Officer, Lewes DC (attended Challenging Homelessness Decisions training)

Course contains

  • Administrative decision-making
  • Common problems and tactics
  • Which decisions are reviewable under s.202 of the Housing Act 1996
  • Scope and conduct of s.202 reviews
  • Temporary accommodation pending review and appeal
  • Appeals to the county court under s.204.
  • Judicial review.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Advise clients which procedure for challenge is applicable to different decisions
  • Draft review requests and review submissions
  • Evaluate homelessness case files in public law terms
  • Conduct homelessness investigations and reviews with more confidence
  • Advise on issues such as temporary accommodation pending review
  • Understand the role of the Ombudsman.

Suitable for

Homelessness and housing options officers, housing advisers and housing support workers. This course assumes that delegates have a good working knowledge of the basic definition of sections and duties contained in Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996.

Meet the trainer

Sharon Nandoo

Sharon Nandoo 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.

CPD hours 5