Housing Law and Advice: a Foundation – four sessions

This course occurs over 4 sessions on 8 March, 15 March, 22 March and 29 March. By signing up you are agreeing to attend all four sessions on these dates.

A series of four x 3-hour webinars. Please note by booking a place you are agreeing to attend all four sessions on these dates. 

  • Session 1 – Monday 8th March 2021
  • Session 2 – Monday 15th March 2021
  • Session 3 – Monday 22nd March 2021
  • Session 4 – Monday 29th March 2021

All sessions 10.00am -1.00pm.  Maximum 16 places available.

Please note: This is external training, so when you sign up to attend, your name, email and organisation will be passed to Shelter so that they can send you the Zoom link and course materials beforehand.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for DDPO staff who are recently appointed advisers, as well as those who wish to broaden their knowledge or catch up with recent changes in housing law and policy. This course assumes little or no knowledge of housing and homeless legislation.

What is a DDPO?

Please note this is an event for Deaf and Disabled People Organisations (DDPOs). DDPOs are organisations that are run and controlled by Deaf/Disabled people, with Deaf/Disabled people representing at least 75% of Trustees and over 50% of paid staff.

Course outline

This popular course provides an introduction to the most important aspects of housing aid and advice work.

Delegates will gain the legal knowledge and practical skills required to determine housing status and become familiar with the principles, processes and duties inherent in the homelessness legislation. The course will also look at the changes introduced under the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Session One

  • Housing status
  • Tenancies created by the Rent Act 1977, Housing Acts 1985, 1988 and 1996
  • Grounds for possession
  • Possession orders and brief overview of the role of the court
  • Bailiffs’ warrants
  • Basic defence of proceedings

Session Two

  • Occupiers outside mainstream protection
  • Excluded occupiers
  • Tenancies and licences
  • Notice rules

Sessions Three and Four

  • Homelessness Legislation and the Code of Guidance
  • Duty to make enquiries
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Housing options and prevention of homelessness
  • Key elements of the basic definition sections of the legislation
  • Assessing homelessness, eligibility (brief overview only), intentionality, homelessness, priority need and local connection
  • Important case law
  • Review and appeal rights

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose security of tenure
  • Advise an occupier on notice entitlement
  • Instruct an occupier on criteria the court can use to make an order for possession
  • Identify where an occupier has a defence against possession proceedings
  • Find out when the council has a duty to start a homelessness investigation under the Housing Act 1996 (Part VI)
  • Describe key factors relating to eligibility for assistance, homelessness, priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection
  • Advise on the duties of a local authority towards a homeless person

About the trainer

This training will be given by Ian Dunn, Housing Law Trainer, Shelter.

How to book

To book a place, please click on the ‘Book your free ticket‘ button above. We will then confirm your booking. As this is external training your name, email and organisation will then be passed to Shelter so that they can send you the Zoom link and course materials beforehand.

If for any reason you cannot attend after booking please let Aisha know ASAP so we can make the place available to others. Email Aisha.malik-smith@inclusionlondon.org.uk


Please inform us of any additional access needs at least 2 weeks in advance of the training or event.


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