Let me say without hesitation, February in Wales is cold!
On Tuesday I was training the council in Neath. The hotel had no hot water to warm myself up with so I didn’t get off to a good start.
I soon warmed up in the training room though, delivering the Harassment & Illegal Eviction Toolkit to a bunch of environmental health officers charged with now dealing with landlord tenant law as well as property conditions.
This is a growing trend I notice, as in the past year I have taught Protection from Eviction Act work to EHOs all over the place, from Nottingham to Maidstone via Hampshire and Wales and with further dates coming up in Cornwall and Yorkshire.
The TRO job seems to be getting deconstructed and the various strands being performed by homelessness officers (the housing advice element) EHOs (the prosecution elements) and homelessness prevention (the mediation and possession proceedings element).
I’m not convinced this is the most effective way of working. I much prefer the specialist school of thought rather than the generic but its what is trending at the moment and as a trainer you go where the work is.
Tuesday’s training was made the harder because Wales now has the Renting Homes Wales Act 2016 which received Royal Assent in January, however the various strands of it are yet to be commenced so the poor course delegates still had to get their heads around bits of English law that will soon be irrelevant whilst bearing in mind that the 23 or so different types of tenancy are about to be just two in number for them.
Still. They can always invite me back as the new legislation shudders into life.
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