Example training courses that I can deliver:

Homelessness Law Courses

Homelessness Law – Introductory
Training on the duties owed by local housing authorities under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002.
This course is intended for staff who are new to working in homelessness, or those who require a knowledge of homelessness legislation but will not be making homelessness decisions. The course covers:

  • Homelessness prevention – government targets and good practice
  • When a homeless application must be taken
  • The five tests contained within the legislation:
    • Homelessness
    • Eligibility for assistance
    •   Priority need
    • Intentional homelessness
    • Local connection
  • The “full housing duty” and other duties that arise at each stage of the process

This would normally run as a one day course.


Homelessness Law – Advanced
Training on the duties owed by local housing authorities under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002.
This course is for staff who are involved in making decisions on homelessness applications, or advising clients who are making homelessness applications.
The course covers the same topics as the introductory course, but in more depth. In addition the course includes:

  • The Homelessness Code of Guidance
  • Reviews and appeals
  • Up to date Caselaw
  • Social Services duties under the Children Act
  • A greater focus on the legal tests

To achieve the full benefit this course would require two days.


Making homelessness decisions and writing homelessness decision letters
This training is for staff involved in making decisions on homelessness applications
The course assumes a basic knowledge of homelessness law but focuses on the process of making decisions on some of the more difficult aspects of homelessness, specifically:

  • Accommodation not reasonable to continue to occupy
  • Vulnerability
  • Intentional homelessness

The course then addresses how to write a Section 184 decision letter to communicate an adverse decision in a way that will not leave the local authority open to challenge.
This is a one day course.


Homelessness Caselaw Update
This is a course for staff with a working knowledge of homelessness legislation who require an update on latest Caselaw and any other changes. The course includes:

  • Updates on relevant Caselaw in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords
  • Changes in legislation or regulations
  • Changes in guidance

This would normally run as a one day course.


Carrying out reviews of homelessness decisions
This course is for staff who are involved in reviewing homelessness decisions. The course examines:

  • What reviews of homelessness decisions are for
  • The basis on which local authority decisions can be challenged
  •   Good practice in carrying out reviews

This is a one day course.


Accommodation duties under homelessness legislation
This course looks specifically at the duties to provide accommodation at the various stages of a homelessness application, including:

  • Interim accommodation under Section 188 of the Act
  • Temporary accommodation under S193 of the Act
  • Offers under Part VI of the Housing Act 1996
  • Security of tenure in temporary accommodation
  • Ways in which the accommodation duties will end

This would normally run as a one day course.


Housing Advice Courses

Advising Occupiers in Private Rented Housing
Loss of private rented housing is a significant cause of homelessness, this course is for housing advisers and housing options officers who need to be able to advise occupiers of their rights when seeking to prevent homelessness. The course covers:

  • Distinguishing tenancies and licenses
  • Lodgers and others with limited security of tenure
  • Identifying tenure – protected, assured and assured shorthold tenancies
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Possession procedures, including notices
  • Scope for prevention of homelessness

The course can also be extended to include advising council and housing association tenants.
This is a one day course.


Relationship Breakdown and Housing Rights
Another major cause of homelessness is relationship breakdown, this course is also for advisers and housing options officers who need to be able to identify occupation rights following relationship breakdown. The course covers:

  • Short term rights of occupation under housing law, property law and family law
  • Issues relating to joint tenancies
  • Remedies for domestic violence
  • Long term disposition of the home – including powers of the courts
  • Local authority duties under homelessness legislation

This is a one day course.


Housing Law for Resettlement, Outreach and Tenancy Support Workers
This course is for staff who are providing support to clients in their own homes and who may need to advise those clients on their housing rights. The course includes:

  • Security of tenure for occupiers in council housing, housing association housing and private rented housing
  • Statutory rights
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Possession procedures

This is a one day course


Housing Management Courses

Introduction to Housing Law
For those who are new to working in housing this course provides an overview of key issues in housing management, including:

  • Different types of tenancy and license landlords can use
  • Key features of Secure, Assured and Assured Shorthold tenancies – including rights of succession, assignment and exchange
  • Statutory and contractual rights
  • Joint tenancies and relationship breakdown
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Possession proceedings
  • How a tenant can end their tenancy

This is a one day course
This course can be specifically tailored for staff working in supported housing projects.


Housing Law Update
This is for more experienced staff who need an update on recent changes in housing law. The course can be tailored to meet the needs of the organization, but would generally include:

  • Recent changes in housing legislation, regulations or guidance
  • Any forthcoming changes
  • Relevant Caselaw in the higher courts

This is a one day course.


Rights of Succession, Assignment and Exchange
This is for housing officers and policy officers who need to understand the rights of tenants to pass on their tenancy, either through assignment or exchange, or through succession on death. The course covers:

  • Statutory and contractual rights
  • Differences for Secure and Assured tenancies
  • Death of the tenant where there is no successor
  • Under-occupation following succession
  • Grounds for refusing exchange