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using the private rented sector for the homeless Conference 2013 the new law in practice

Book NowMany leading commentators believe that the use of private rented sector offers to end homelessness duties and issues around the suitability of private rented accommodation will be the key areas of future legal challenge in homelessness work.

This essential one day conference will be presented by some of the country’s leading experts on homelessness law, policy and practice, and specialists from the front-line.

They will help guide you through the new law which came into force on 9 November 2012 and offer their expertise on the new opportunities afforded by the changes as well as reviewing the detail of the new legal obligations, powers and duties.

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Programme highlights include:

  • The Homelessness changes – the policy behind the Localism Act, the New Regulations and New Guidance
  • How to ensure the offer will meet the Detailed Standards in the new regulations on Suitability
  • Implementing the New Regime in Practice: Getting Private Sector
    La
    ndlords on Board
  • Locality, Affordability and Tenancy Terms: a guide to what the law requires
  • Using the private sector for Permanent and Temporary Accommodation
  • Locality, Affordability and Tenancy Terms: a guide to what the law requires

who SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Housing Options staff/Homelessness officers, managers and team members
  • Housing policy staff
  • Temporary accommodation managers
  • Private rented sector placement workers
  • Housing Association officers dealing with homelessness cases
  • Local authority lawyers and private practice legal advisers
  • Private sector providers aiming to provide accommodation for Local Authorities
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Tenancy Relations Officers

Special offer Book 3 or more places at the same time for multiple delegates from the same office of the same organisation: and the third and subsequent delegates can go at half price! (see terms and conditions).

Conference Programme

9.15-10.00

Registration & Refreshments

10.00-10.10

Chairman’s Introduction
Jan Luba QC

10.10-10.50

The Homelessness changes – the policy behind the Localism Act, the New Regulations and New Guidance
Bethan Harris

  • The National Housing Strategy
  • The Localism Act 2011
  • The new regulations
  • The new guidance
  • Which applicants are affected?

10.50-11.40

How to ensure the offer will meet the Detailed Standards in the new regulations on Suitability
Dr Stephen Battersby

  • What is “reasonable physical condition”?
  • What are the electrical safety standards?
  • What fire precautions must be present?
  • What is a ‘fit and proper’ landlord?
  • What if the property is an HMO?
  • What licence does the landlord need (if any)?
  • What certificates must the landlord have?
  • How should local housing authorities ensure "visits" are carried out competently?

11.40-11.55

Refreshments

11.55-12.40

Implementing the New Regime in Practice: Getting Private Sector Landlords on Board
Dave Worth

  • Understanding the current situation on availability
  • Developing good working relationships with current and prospective landlords to increase supply (both in and beyond the local area)
  • Incentives to participate
  • A ‘partnership’ approach?
  • Inspection and monitoring
  • Deposits and rent guarantees
  • Housing benefit issues

12.40-13.00

Question Time
Panel

13.00-14.00

Lunch

14.00-14.45

Locality, Affordability and Tenancy Terms: a guide to what the law requires
Jan Luba QC 

  • The Legal Duties
  • The Relevant Case Law
  • Out-of-area placement: the notification obligations
  • Income and expenditure assessments
  • Assessing affordability against a background of HB/LHA restrictions
  • The terms of the tenancy
  • The terms of the offer

14.45-15.35

Using the private sector for Permanent and Temporary Accommodation
Andy Gale

  •  A new way of working in Housing Options?
  • The Prevention/Application frontier
  • Any scope left for using this sector for temporary accommodation?
  • The council’s ‘deal’ with the local landlords
  • Meeting the locality, suitability and affordability requirements in practice
  • Paying for it all: HB and the temporary accommodation subsidy

15.35-15.50

Afternoon Refreshments

15.50-16.25

Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls
Jan Luba QC

  •  Using the available resources
  • The paper trail needed to satisfy the courts and the Ombudsmen
  • Organising to deal effectively with reviews and appeals
  • Dealing with those who will not move out when the duty ends
  • The new rules on ‘repeat applications’ and ‘local connection’

16.25-16.50

Any Questions?
Panel

16.50

Close of Conference

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details

Venue: London
Cavendish Conference Centre, Duchess Mews (near Regent Street) W8 9DT | Get directions
Date: Friday 1 February 2013

Price: £295 + VAT (Price held for 8th successive year). For top quality training from some of the country’s leading experts. Third and subsequent delegates HALF PRICE. See Terms and Conditions

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CPD Accredited (5 hours 20 minutes) Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and ILEX.

speaker profiles

Jan Luba QC, Conference Chairman and speaker, Garden Court Chambers, arguably the leading social housing lawyer in the country. 

Dave Worth, Chief Housing officer at Wandsworth in the following areas of service:

  • Housing Options & Homelessness Prevention,
  • Private Sector Housing Improvement, enforcement and disabled adaptations,
  • Homelessness Assessments & Temporary accommodation procurement, management and finance,
  • Housing Allocations & Lettings
  • Asylum seekers and others from abroad.

Dave has worked in Housing Needs and Homelessness since 1988, joining Wandsworth in his current role in 2002.

Dr Stephen Battersby, Environmental Health & Housing Consultant, current  Editor of Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health, convenor of UK Housing Professionals Forum (RH Environmental) and former President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Andy Gale, is one of the country’s best known names in the field of Homelessness and Lettings. He advises and trains Local Authorities around the country and is regarded as one of the country’s foremost experts in the field.

Bethan Harris, barrister, Garden Court Chambers. Bethan is highly experience in Housing Law work including the fields of homelessness and allocations.

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Testimonials

Delegate Testimonials from recent Lime Legal Conferences:

“A fantastic day”
Operations Manager

‘Excellent as always’
Homeless Persons Manager

‘Excellent conference – very informative and interestingly presented’
Local Authority Head of Accommodation Services

‘Very impressed – informative and thorough’
Housing Options Manager

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