Illegal evictions

Illegal eviction has been unlawful since the Forcible Entry Act 1381 – yet landlords of all kinds continue to make critical errors in this area. Since 1988 it has also been tortuous and expensive to lose cases.

Illegal evictions

Delegates will learn:

  • Who does, and who doesn’t, have security of tenure – tenancies and licences
  • Which tenants have limited security and high-level security
  • In detail, the 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
  • How damages are calculated for unlawfully evicted occupiers
  • Exactly how assured shorthold tenancies should work
  • How deposit protection schemes under the Housing Act 2004 as amended should operate
  • To be more effective in advising private landlord and tenants.

Who should attend?

  • Housing management staff, including managers, team leaders and housing officers
  • Homelessness prevention and housing options staff
  • Estate managers and key customer-facing staff.

Illegal evictions

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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