• Types of occupation of rented residential housing
• Security of tenure: secure, assured and assured shorthold
• Protection from eviction
• Court proceedings for possession
• Defending possession claims
• Harassment and unlawful eviction
• Remedies for disrepair and poor housing conditions
• The law of homelessness
• Allocation of social housing
This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the principles
and practice of the law of rented housing and homelessness.
Emphasis is placed on equipping the lawyer or adviser to identify
the status of particular occupiers and the remedies available to
them. The course includes reference to case studies and an example
of a possession/disrepair claim. It will cover recent
developments in case law and legislation and will also highlight
recent changes to legal aid as they affect housing advice.
Lawyers and advisers looking to specialise in housing law or
seeking to refresh their knowledge.
Lecture format. Case studies and question and answer sessions
enable delegates to explore this area of law. Comprehensive
course handouts will be distributed to all delegates.
Diane Astin is a senior lecturer at the
University of Westminster and the Director of the Student Law
Clinic. She has many years' experience of all aspects of housing
litigation both in the private and voluntary sectors and is the
author of LAG's Housing Law Handbook, 3rd edition,
John Gallagher is a solicitor with Shelter, who
has specialised in housing and homelessness law for 25 years. He
previously worked at SHAC (the London Housing Aid Centre), at
Nottingham Law Centre and in private practice. He is an experienced
trainer in all aspects of housing law and is co-author of
LAG's Defending Possession Proceedings, 8th edition,