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Illegal eviction has been criminal since the Forcible Entry Act 1381 – yet landlords continue to make errors. 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.
To tackle 'rogue' landlords there are new legal tools and the Tenant Fees Act 2019 has banned certain fees in England.
Housing options staff need to clearly understand the law to ensure potential customers can keep their homes where necessary. The Homeless Reduction Act 2017 makes this critical from April 2018.
The Covid19 'stay' on possession from 26 March to 20 September 2019 has altered some landlords behaviour. What will happen when the 'stay' is lifted?
You will learn
- Who does and who does not have security of tenure – tenancies and licences and excluded tenancies/licences
- Protection from Eviction Act 1977 as amended & the offences of illegal eviction and illegal harassment
- 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
- What the Covid19 'stay' on possession means and what next?