Homelessness Law: Introductory

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles, processes and duties inherent in the homelessness legislation. Delegates will develop a systematic approach to homelessness law, become familiar with the Homelessness Code of Guidance for local authorities and consider the main principles relating to housing allocations. The course incorporates all the changes brought in by the Homelessness Reduction Act.

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

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
Places
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2-3 Apr 2019 Manchester £320.00 £350.00 £280.00
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28-29 May 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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16-17 Sep 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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11-12 Nov 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1,850; Standard / Concessionary £1,730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘(This course) covered all aspects. Good case histories, reference to case law and resources to follow up in more detail.’

Network Enabler, Birmingham LGBT

‘This course is very interesting and useful for anyone starting out in the homeless sector; also good for anyone who would like a refresher.’

Housing Solutions Officer, Tamworth BC

Course contains

  • Policy options for allocations and homelessness legislation
  • Legislation and the Homelessness Code of Guidance
  • Duty to make enquiries
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Housing options and prevention of homelessness
  • Key elements of the basic definition sections of the legislation
  • Assessing eligibility, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection
  • Important case law
  • Review and appeal rights
  • Allocation of housing

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify circumstances that trigger a council's duty to start a homelessness investigation
  • Describe key factors governing eligibility for assistance, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection.
  • Advise on the duties of a local authority towards a homeless person
  • Identify broad legal issues arising in the allocation of social housing.

Suitable for

Anyone who is likely to come into contact with, or needs to give housing advice to, people in housing need.  No prior knowledge of the legislation is needed.

Delegates with prior training or more experience may find our 'Homelessness and Allocations Law: Advanced' course more suitable.

Meet the trainers

Gary Willock: Manchester 2-3 April 2019

Gary has a broad knowledge of housing law and has been practicing in this area for the over 10 years. His housing practice includes homelessness, public law and human rights defences, along with defences involving disability discrimination issues under the Equality Act 2010. In the context of housing cases, Gary also has experience of community care law - including assessments under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and accommodation under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948 - as well cases where defendants are protected parties. Before being called to the Bar, Gary was a partner at a niche housing law firm and therefore has the benefit of practical litigation experience. He regularly delivers practical-based training to solicitors and housing advisers.

Louella Crisfield: London 14-15 March / 28-29 May 2019

Louella has been a freelance trainer for us since 2004. She 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.

Sharon Nandoo: 16-17 September 2019

Sharon 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.

Rita Parmar: 11-12 November 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".

CPD hours 10