Tenancies and licences

In English law, there are some 15 different kinds of tenancy, all with different names, all with different rights and responsibilities and, since the Localism Act 2011, there are minimum two-year fixed-term flexible and affordable rent tenancies. Many people only have a licence (personal permission) to occupy. Confusion reigns and mistakes are all too common when creating, managing and terminating these occupation agreements.

Tenancies and licences

This training will provide a clear understanding of the different kinds of tenancy/licence and how to minimise errors.

You will learn:

  • What a ‘licence’ is and who should really have a tenancy
  • Who should get what kind of agreement when first occupying
  • The need for accurate and clear written and verbal agreements with occupiers
  • About fixed-term/flexible and affordable rent tenancies
  • About introductory/starter/assured shorthold/demoted tenancies; how and why reviews are essential
  • How such tenancies default or convert into lifetime secure or assured tenancies
  • The different rights and responsibilities that attach to different kinds of tenancy
  • About common tenancy management issues - assignment, succession, abandonment
  • How to properly end different kinds of tenancy or licence.
Who should attend?

Everyone involved in creating, managing or ending different kinds of tenancy or licence, including lettings, sign-up staff, tenancy management and enforcement, arrears staff, supported housing teams and tenancy sustainment staff.

Tenancies and licences

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.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk