Housing Possession Hearings: Practice and Procedure

This practical two-day course gives an overview of the procedural rules governing possession claims and will help participants to prepare for possession hearings and to appear for landlords or tenants in court. It covers the Pre Action Protocols that came into force in April 2015, as well as the decision of the Supreme Court in Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd (2015) UKSC 15.

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Public course dates
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16-17 Oct 2019 Resource for London £350.00 £380.00 £300.00

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16 Jan 2020 London £230.00 £260.00 £180.00
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3 Apr 2020 Resource for London £230.00 £260.00 £180.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1,850; Standard / Concessionary £1,730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘Excellent course and materials. Our trainer (Tony) was very engaging, helpful and knowledgeable.'

Civil Litigation/Housing, The Richmond Partnership

‘Really useful training. Will assist me in my job on a daily basis.'

Housing Options Officer, LB of Barking & Dagenham

Course contains

  • Overview of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR)
  • Possession claims for rented and mortgaged property under CPR 55 Part I
  • Accelerated Procedure under CPR 55 Part II (assured shorthold tenants)
  • Drafting basic claims for possession
  • Adjournments, evidence, directions, and allocation
  • The range of orders the Court can make
  • Housing Benefit issues and Pre Action Protocol for Rent Arrears
  • Enforcement of possession warrants
  • Warrant suspension applications
  • Setting aside possession orders and executed warrants
  • Rights of audience
  • Advocacy and addressing the court (including small group exercises)
  • Overview of legal costs

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify detailed procedural rules governing possession proceedings under the CPR
  • Complete essential documents including a claim form, particulars of claim, and an application to suspend a warrant
  • Present a claim for possession in court, or present a defence to a claim.

Suitable for

Housing advisers, debt workers and housing officers who are familiar with security of tenure who wish to appear in county court possession claims, either for the landlord or the tenant, at either the first possession hearing or subsequent hearings. Delegates must be familiar with notice rules and grounds for possession.

Pre-course reading covering claims for possession, particulars of claim, defences, and an overview of the CPR will be sent to delegates two weeks before the course.

Meet the trainer

Tony Martin is a solicitor specialising in landlord and tenant and housing law. Alongside his work as a trainer, Tony supervises a student led legal advice clinic and teaches law at BPP University. He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 in a private Legal Aid firm and then practised as a senior solicitor in a Law Centre. Tony has spent all his working life in housing, having worked in hostels, special needs housing and housing management in the voluntary sector and at a senior level in a homelessness service and in housing policy for a London local authority, prior to qualifying as a solicitor. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Tony has undertaken detailed homelessness and housing options case file reviews for local authorities and voluntary organisations, as well as undertaken staff performance interviews, workshadowing and written summary reports for Shelter Consultancy since 2013.

CPD hours 10