Housing Law CPD: Course Overview
Housing Law is aimed at protecting the rights of tenants and landlords and covers such areas as eviction or possession due to non-payment of rent or due to breach of covenants relating to tenant behaviour. It also deals with homelessness or the threat of being made homeless and advises how to tackle this problem.
Some of the areas covered by housing law include:
• allocations and transfers
• housing repair issues
• landlord and tenant obligations and rights
• unlawful evictions
• tenancy agreements and the defence of possession
• evictions, and
CPD training courses on housing law are invaluable ways for lawyers to keep up to date with recent case law and build their knowledge base as well as to satisfy their yearly CPD training requirements.
Below are examples of the kinds of CPD courses available for housing law practitioners to enhance their knowledge and develop their advocacy skills in dealing with housing issues.
Housing Law CPD Course Information
Residential Landlord and Tenant Litigation – Seminar – CPD hours 3
This seminar was designed for solicitors who are involved with litigation on behalf of landlord and/or tenants especially in cases where litigation over anti-social behaviour has led to eviction. Public Authorities and Housing Associations are now forcing their tenants to comply with the terms of their tenancy agreements leading to this area of housing law to become increasingly important.
This seminar will discuss the law in relation to property possession for the non-payment of rent or for breach of covenants due to the behaviour of tenants and anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs). It examines the possible defences that are available to the tenant along with counterclaims for the disrepair of the property. Alternative remedies are also considered.
Mobile Homes: New Law – What Property Lawyers Need to Know – Recording – CPD hours 1.5
Lawyers that have to deal with clients living in mobile homes will need to keep updated with the new legal framework and constantly developing case law. The same laws also apply to park home sites where many elderly people choose to live due to their low cost so learning more about the new law can benefit those involved in Elderly Client law.
The recording examines the Mobile Homes Act 1983 and the how to provide better protection against eviction for travellers. This Housing Law CPD recording also looks at a number of newly introduced dispute resolution procedures to deal with disputes between site owners and park residents.
Due diligence for practitioners acting on behalf of a mobile home purchaser is another area covered in addition the new jurisdiction for the RPT (residential property Tribunal) and what this means for park residents. New case law is also discussed especially Murphy v Watt.
Houses in Multiple Occupation - Planning Controls – Podcast – CPD hours 1
This podcast is aimed at practitioners with little or no experience or working knowledge of the planning and licensing requirements for houses in multiple occupation or HMOs. Licensed HMOs refer to houses with more than three storeys rented to more than five individuals from more than two families, where each tenant has their own tenancy agreement. HMOs such tend to be very popular with students. Smaller dwellings with fewer tenants are also considered as HMOs but do not necessarily require a license to operate.
Practitioners need to be aware of the new rules that have led to the licencing of larger HMOs, and this course covers the key areas of change. The course provides an explanation of what an HMO is and the licenses that are required to convert a property to a HMO.
There are different categories of HMO and this podcast covers each one as well as highlighting the consequences of not getting the right license or planning permission prior to converting a property. There are various restrictions imposed on how a property is used as an HMO and practitioners need to be aware of the reasons behind such restrictions. This podcast discusses the restrictions and why a high concentration of HMOs in a specific area causes local authorities problems.
Housing Law CPD Training Providers
The top CPD training providers have a large selection of courses in housing law that are available to suit your busy schedule as a practitioner. To find the right course provider for your professional development, it is recommended that you speak to a course advisor