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'Very knowledgeable, encouraged discussions, covered very technical areas well.'
Ms Atkinson, Samuel Phillips Law Firm


The vast majority of private (and many social) residential tenancies in England & Wales are protected by the Housing Act 1988. A good working knowledge of this legislation is therefore essential for anyone finding themselves dealing with residential property.

This course is aimed at lawyers and property professionals with some understanding of landlord and tenant law who find themselves dealing with tenanted property and need to advise private sector landlords, tenants, purchasers, mortgagees, surveyors, and lettings and block managing agents in this area.

This course will examine the Act in detail, consider the most important cases that explain and affect it, and review the further amendments that alter it, including the impact of the Localism Act 2011, the Deregulation Act 2015, the Immigration Act 2014 and the Housing and Planning Act 2016. It will also provide updates on recent relevant case law including the key UKSC case of McDonald v McDonald. The latest developments on section 21 notices will also be covered.

What You Will Learn

This course will cover the following topics:

  • An overview of the various parts of the Housing Act 1988
  • Application of the Act
    • Requirements of the Act
    • Exceptions to the Act
    • How tenancies fall into and out of the Act
  • Rent Act 1977 tenancies and the Act
    • Succession rights after the Act
  • Anti-avoidance provisions
  • Amendments made by the Housing Act 1996
  • Social landlords
    • Social tenancies under the Act
    • Amendments made by the Localism Act to social tenancy provisions
  • Interaction with the Housing Act 2004 and the Localism Act 2011
    • Tenancy Deposit Protection as it affects s21 notices
    • HMO licensing as it affects s21 notices
  • Security of tenure and periodic tenancies
  • Rent review under the Act
    • Rent increase clauses
    • Section 13 notices
  • Recovery of possession under section 8
    • The grounds for possession in detail
    • Practical comments on their use
  • Recovery of possession under section 21
    • Review of key cases and practical views
  • Housing Act tenancies after long leases
  • The changes in Wales
  • The recent changes brought in by the Deregulation Act 2015

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Seminar | 03.03.2020

Manchester | 9:30am - 5:15pm

The Housing Act 1988 - The Complete Guide

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