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.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY: although most courses do run we have recently cancelled a few courses only to then hear from people who wanted to attend. We have to confirm or cancel courses three weeks in advance so please book early to give us an accurate idea of delegate numbers.

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

Chris Morris: 6 August 2019

Chris started his housing advice career in 1982 within citizens advice, eventually managing a West London CAB. He then qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and worked in private practice between 1994-2002, specialising in housing and working on several significant Court of Appeal cases. He then spent some time working for Oxford Housing Rights Centre before joining Shelter’s London legal team in 2004. Whilst at Shelter Chris became a managing solicitor and then deputy head of legal services. He led Shelter’s recent Supreme Court interventions in ‘Hotak’ (2015) and ‘McDonald’ (2016), before moving to the government legal department carrying out public law litigation.

Chris has wide experience of possession proceedings, homelessness and judicial review. He has trained many of Shelter’s intermediate and advanced housing law and homelessness courses, as well as delivering for the HLPA and to NHAS trainers. He is now a Shelter freelance trainer and lectures and teaches the housing law module to undergraduates at Westminster University.

CPD hours 5