Illegal eviction

Illegal eviction has been unlawful since the Forcible Entry Act 1381 – yet landlords of all kinds continue to make errors in this area. Since 1988 it has also been tortuous and expensive to lose. Indeed in 2014 the Supreme Court awarded statutory damages of £90,500 to a council tenant for unlawful eviction.

Illegal eviction

Illegal eviction To tackle ‘rogue’ landlords there are new legal tools and soon letting fees in England maybe abolished.

Homelessness prevention/housing options staff need to clearly understand the law, best practice and remedies to ensure potential customers can keep their homes where necessary. The Homeless Reduction Act 2017 makes this critical from April 2018.

You will learn

  • Who does and who does not have security of tenure – tenancies & licences and excluded tenancies/licences
  • Which tenants have limited security and high level security
  • Protection from Eviction Act 1977 as amended and the offences of illegal eviction and illegal harassment
  • Who can prosecute for such offences and other remedies
  • New options from Housing and Planning Act 2016 – civil penalties, rent repayment orders, banning orders
  • How damages are calculated for unlawfully eviction
  • Exactly how Assured Shorthold Tenancies should work after the Deregulation Act 2015
  • Understand how Deposit Protection schemes under the Housing Act 2004 as amended should operate
  • Be more effective advising private landlords and tenants.

Richard Paris

Legal Richard Paris

Richard Paris has an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Housing from LSE. From 1991-93 he was senior research officer at LSE Housing, and has worked for short-life and supported housing agencies, mainstream housing associations and local authorities. He is a freelance housing law specialist with 20 years’ training and development experience undertaking educational training, consultancy, policy and procedure health checks. He specialises in housing law updates, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively, preventing and controlling rent arrears, do-it-yourself possession proceedings, the law in supported housing and the law on disrepair and best practice.

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