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Housing Standards In Temporary Accommodation

Many housing authorities now rely on a supply of properties leased from private sector landlords to offer temporary accommodation to vulnerable households.  In order to safeguard the interests of both the people living in the accommodation and also to protect against legal claims, it is important that officers managing such properties have a good understanding of

  • the legal framework governing the landlord/tenant relationship
  • the statutory framework regulating property condition.

This course gives a straightforward introduction to the agreements between landlord and tenant and legislation affecting these.  It explains the various statutory provisions covering the condition of properties, including Section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, Section 4 Defective Premises Act 1972, Section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990, Part 1 Housing Act 2004 (the Housing Health and Safety Rating System) and the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.  Information on overcrowding is included.  The course includes practical guidance on the inspection of properties, including shared facilities.

Exercises based on case studies are used to illustrate the subjects taught throughout the day.

The course can be delivered as a two day option which includes an expanded section on the practical inspection of properties including an extended session on identifying and dealing with dampness.

Who should attend?

Those staff responsible for the management of temporary accommodation.

What will they learn?

  • The basis of the landlord/tenant relationship and relevant legislation.
  • The main statutory provisions governing property condition, including guidance on dealing with claims
  • What to look for when assessing the condition of properties