Students and Housing

Aimed at student advisers and others who have contact with students and are called upon to offer advice on housing issues, this seminar explores housing issues of particular concern to students and how advice can help students respond to problems and issues.

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

Public course dates
Also offered in-house Information about in-house courses
Location Public Course Price
  Standard   Commercial Concessionary
17 Apr 2019 Resource for London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘Excellent presentation and delivery. Very thorough content. Excellent resource pack. Good use of case law.’

Housing Adviser, Reading University Students Union


  • The operation of student housing accreditation schemes
  • Different tenancies and licence possibilities for students who rent
  • The law on joint tenancy agreements
  • Rights of renters when renting privately
  • Rights and security of tenure for students living in Halls of Residence
  • Advice to students before signing a tenancy
  • Rent deposit protection schemes and how to challenge unfair return/reductions at the end of the tenancy and sue for compensation for failure to protect the deposit
  • Characteristics of assured shorthold tenancies - including how they are created and what the landlord must do to regain possession
  • Notices for ending ASTs and other types of tenure
  • The law on joint tenancies for both fixed term and periodic tenancies
  • Advising students who want to leave their accommodation early
  • Landlord's obligation to repair properties and keep them free of nuisance and hazards
  • The law on harassment and illegal eviction
  • Local authority regulation of accommodation often rented to students - including HMOs.

Learning outcomes

After attending seminar, you will be able to:

  • Assist private tenants, resolve disputes and enforce rights
  • Advise students about tenancy deposit protection schemes
  • State what is different about a joint tenancy and a sole tenancy
  • Explain the landlord's obligation to repair properties and how these rights can be enforced
  • Advice students who are being harassed or have been illegally evicted.

Suitable for

Student advisers and others who have contact with students and are called upon to offer advice on housing issues.

Meet the trainer

Vyaj Lovejoy is a barrister specialising in public law and human rights at 1MCB, Chambers of John Benson QC. She practices in housing, homelessness and community care law. Also practicing in immigration and asylum law, she has detailed knowledge of the crossover between housing and immigration law and how this affects European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and those without leave to remain. Vyaj has experience of housing and homelessness policy being a trustee of Just Fair, where she has represented before the United Nations, and from work with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel where she helped inform the drafting of a proposed Homelessness Bill in Israel. She previously volunteered at Greenwich Housing Rights for four years as a duty advocate and at Hackney Winter Night Shelter providing front line advice. Vyaj has experience of training other lawyers and teaching law to 14–18 year olds. She is currently studying an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, part time at Essex University.

CPD hours 5