One of the primary work areas of any housing management team is concerned with taking possession proceedings against tenants. Whether it is for rent arrears or anti-social behaviour.
Rent arrears have been steadily rising and with the onset of housing benefit payments direct to tenant proposed under the Universal Credit system there has never been a time when robust and watertight possession cases have been more urgent.
Possession is a long tortuous game of snakes and ladders where a claim can be knocked back on a small unnoticed technicality. This course is designed to limit the chances of that happening be increasing delegates knowledge of the various forms, paperwork and legal defences that come into play.
Modules covered on this course:
- Making sure that the notice is correctly filled in and served
- Anomalies such as sub-letting and tenancy breaches
- Dealing with abandonment
- Examining the grounds for eviction
- Applying to court – the forms
- Types of order
- The role of warrants
- Different defences that can be raised and the case law that underpins them
- Oppression in possession proceedings
- The powers of the courts
Course participants will be taken through the full eviction process from warning letters right through to the lock change and beyond. They will leave the day with a sound knowledge of the different defences that are often raised in possession claims and how to approach them and persuade the court of the landlord’s argument
Who should attend?
Any housing management staff who are involved at any stage in possession proceedings, whether they simply compile the rent arrears account or go through the entire process, including standing up in front of a judge.
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