About this course
The statutes and case law surrounding the private rental sector is a constantly changing and amorphous beast. It can often seem a full time job merely keeping on top of changes so you can advise properly.
There are however, key elements to focus on. Solid legal principles and salient case law which helps define what is going on.
Modules covered on this course:
Security of tenure: – did you know there are around 22 different types of tenancy and licence agreement? Each of them has their different operating conditions and eviction procedures. In this module we will concentrate on the most common and look at some of the funkier bits of the less common types which can help with advice cases.
Contract v. Statute: – which one takes precedence? Well basically, just because a person signs a contract it doesn’t automatically follow that it is all enforceable. There are the Office of Fair Trading Guidelines for a start and the fact that statute trumps contract. In this module we will look at common clauses and why they might not work.
Notices and eviction procedures: – A complex subject, worthy of it’s own course but we will bottle it up and condense the essentials into a useful set of guidelines for the working, frontline officer.
A guide to the vagaries of county courts: – What are the standard court rules? How are they applied? What do judges take into account in possession proceedings?
Landlords rights of entry: – The source of 90% of private tenant complaints. What are their rights? The Law of Property Act 1925 states that a person holding a lease is to all intents and purposes the owner of that property but what if a tenant reports a repair but doesn’t let the landlord in? We will examine all of the factors involved in this hoary old subject, including contractual clauses.
Deposits and Protection: – The bane of most housing advisers lives. 6 years into the legislation 70% of landlords disregard it while 70% of tenants have never heard of it. Cue headache for housing advice workers. In this module we will explain the arcane and downright confusing world of recent statutory changes and case law and bring clarity to this confused subject.
Harassment & illegal eviction: – learn the key criminal and civil pieces of legislation and the quickest fixes to solve problems.
Course delivery: – This can be delivered either as a one or a two day course. As you would expect, the design and learning are firmly rooted in the real world in which all frontline staff have to operate. We use as little chalk and talk as is possible with a housing law course and base it around real life case studies and your own difficult clients.
Delegates will leave with a good grasp of security of tenure, be able to advise landlords and tenants of the full eviction procedure, including the various bits of case law where the wheels can come off for both parties. They will be able to use their knowledge of housing law to prevent homelessness and to discharge their duties to service users.
Course participants will leave confident in their knowledge and abilities to dispense advice and tackle more complex case-work.
In addition…….most delegates leave with a smile on their face
Who should attend?
All Local Authority advice staff. May also be suitable for advice staff in other organisations.
The one day course will be at our standard rate of £750 + VAT and travel. If you wish to have the more detailed two day version of this course the cost is £1,500 + VAT and travel.
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