Social housing eligibility

Social housing staff struggle with ‘recourse to public funds and immigration law’ as it impacts on their work. The law, regulations and case law are always changing. Brexit and ongoing refugee arrivals are likely to make this more complex.

Social housing eligibility

Eligibility for social housing Every social landlord also has their own discretionary ‘exclusion’ policies for those guilty of ‘unacceptable behaviour and/or who fail local ‘residence’ requirements. Many such policies have been found to be unlawful in the last 18 months. Housing providers need to ensure their policies and procedures can withstand a legal challenge.

This training / workshop will provide clarity and point to best practice across all these issues.

You will learn

  • European workers, Brexit, refugees - who housing providers can and cannot house
  • What questions to ask and what proof to request
  • Up-to-date regulations and changes to right to reside, work, have recourse to public funds etc.
  • Relevant recent case law
  • How each social landlord can decide who is or is not caught by ‘unacceptable behaviour / local residence exclusions
  • How and when to ‘bend’ policies and procedure to fit
  • How to answer possible legal challenges.

Who should attend?

Everyone involved in prevention and/or actual homelessness, allocations, lettings, transfers, mutual exchanges including policy and procedure and strategic staff.

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