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Housing law and advice foundation (Part A)

Get started on the most important aspects of housing aid and advice work in our comprehensive course for beginners.

Course summary

This course covers the fundamentals of housing and homelessness law. You’ll learn the key principles, processes, and duties in homelessness legislation and gain the practical skills required to determine housing status.

Across four sessions, you'll learn who is homeless, who has a priority need, when key local authority duties apply (including assessment, prevention and relief) and how those duties can end.

This course uses material from our homelessness law introductory and tenancy status and rights programmes.

Course information

Level: Introductory (Level 3)

Face to face training

  • Available for: Individuals, groups
  • Duration: Four days
  • CPD points: 24

Live webinar

  • Available for: Individuals, groups
  • Duration: Four half day sessions
  • CPD points: 12

Individual bookings

DateDuration and timeDelivery and locationCost
Eligibility and discounts
Booking guidance
Monday 19 August 2024 – Thursday 22 August 2024Four half day sessions 9:30am – 12:30pmWebinar£325+VAT | £295+VATBook
Monday 23 September 2024 – Thursday 26 September 2024Four half day sessions 9:30am – 12:30pmWebinar£325+VAT | £295+VATBook
Tuesday 05 November 2024 – Friday 08 November 2024Four half day sessions 2pm – 5pmWebinar£325+VAT | £295+VATBook
Monday 16 December 2024 – Thursday 19 December 2024Four half day sessions 9:30am – 12:30pmWebinar£325+VAT | £295+VATBook

Group bookings

You can book this course for groups.

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What this course covers

Face to face and webinar training includes:

Security of tenure

  • housing status, tenancies, and licences

  • tenancies created by the Rent Act 1977, Housing Acts 1985, 1988 and 1996

  • occupiers outside mainstream protection and excluded occupiers

Possession proceedings

  • notice rules

  • grounds for possession and defences

  • possession orders and brief overview of the role of the court

  • bailiff warrants

Homelessness applications

  • homelessness legislation and the code of guidance

  • duty to make enquiries

  • the Homelessness Reduction Act (assessment, prevention, relief duties)

  • housing options and prevention of homelessness

  • key elements of the basic definition sections of the legislation

  • assessing homelessness, eligibility, intentionality, homelessness, priority need and local connection

  • review and appeal rights

Face to face training

Face to face training also covers:

  • the history of housing legislation

  • changes to social housing law under the Localism Act 2011

  • tied accommodation

  • joint tenancies and fixed-term tenancies

  • impact of order for possession on security of tenure

  • policy options for allocations and homelessness legislation

  • allocation of housing

What you'll learn

At the end of this training, you'll 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

Face to face training includes allocations of social housing.

Who this training is for

You don’t need any prior knowledge of housing or homelessness legislation for this course.

You might be new to a role as an adviser, caseworker or work in a housing or homelessness role for a local authority.

Continuing Professional Development

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