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Introduction to Housing Law
£215.00

+ VAT

1/03/17

09:15 - 17:15

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Northcliffe House, 28 Tudor Street, London EC4Y 0AY

Trainer(s)
Diane Astin and John Gallagher

Level(s): Introductory

6 hours CPD

Commercial rate: £215 + VAT - commercial organisations including barristers and solicitors in private practice.

Standard rate: £205 + VAT - statutory and not for profit organisations.

 

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.

Topics include: 

• Types of occupation of rented residential housing
• Security of tenure: secure, assured and assured shorthold
  tenancies
• 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

Aims and Objectives

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.

Area of Specialism

Lawyers and advisers looking to specialise in housing law or seeking to refresh their knowledge.


Course Materials/Resources

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.

Trainers:


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, April 2015.

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, September 2016.