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Social Housing Law & Practice 2014

Book NowSocial Housing Law & Practice 2014

The major annual conference addressing all of the important developments in social housing law and practice.

This year’s brand new Programme includes:

  • Tenants who Hoard: Law & Best Practice
  • Possession for Non-payment of Rent: Case law & Legislation Update
  • Drop the Dead ASBO: implementing the new regime
  • Tenancy Fraud - detect, evict, prosecute - the New Law in Practice
  • Non-rent possession claims: a Case law & Legislation Update
  • Data Protection: What the Housing Manager Must Know
  • Ask the Experts: 2 Q&A panel sessions to raise questions

Fee: only £295 + VAT
(incredible value – price held for 10th consecutive year!)

Special Offer: Third and Subsequent Delegates HALF PRICE
(see terms and conditions on our website at

Programme details | Book Your Place | Download Conference Brochure (.pdf)

who should attend

  • Housing managers and officers in Local Authorities, Housing Associations, ALMOs and TMOs
  • Tenancy managers and officers
  • Neighbourhood Housing Teams
  • ASB/Enforcement Teams
  • Housing policy staff
  • Lawyers
  • Heads of Housing and Heads of Housing Management

Conference Programme


Registration & Refreshments


Chairman’s Introduction
Jan Luba QC


Drop the Dead ASBO?:
Implementing the new regime on tools and powers

Peter Marcus, Zenith Chambers

  • How has the ASB Injunction changed?
  • Where has the ASBO gone?
  • What are the new Grounds for Possession?
  • What is the "private sector injunction"?
  • What's completely new, what's slightly improved, and what's exactly the same?




Tenancy Fraud - detect, evict, prosecute -
The New Law in Practice

Alexander McDowell, lawyer London Borough of Camden

  • Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013: Using the new Rules to best effect
  • Detection and investigation: what information investigating officers should seek
  • Only or principal home: Showing that the tenant is not in occupation
  • Sub-letting: How to prove a sub-let of a part or whole
  • Case Preparation: Pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Case law
  • Experience so far and lessons to be learned
  • Unlawful profits:
    • obtaining financial information
    • claiming unlawful profits
    • recovery of unlawful profits


Non-rent possession claims:
A case-law and legislation update

Jan Luba QC

  • Breach of tenancy and other non-rent grounds for possession
  • Under-occupying successors
  • Dealing with disability discrimination defences
  • Knocking-out human rights defences
  • Joint tenancies where one has given notice
  • Failed successors
  • Former resident staff members
  • Recovering temporary accommodation


Questions & Answers




Data Protection:
what the Housing Manager Must Know

Paula Tighe, Wright Hassall


Tenants who hoard: law and best practice
Bethan Harris

  • Legal remedies:
  • Injunctions;
  • Claims for possession;
  • Public Health Acts
  • Mental capacity issues
  • Hoarding and the Equality Act 2010
  • Taking a holistic approach




Getting possession for non-payment of rent:
Case Law and legislation update     

Jan Luba QC

  • It’s all about the notice!
  • Do you have the right to address the Court?
  • Proving the arrears
  • ‘Reasonableness’ in the Welfare Reform era
  • Avoiding ‘suspended’ orders
  • The new rules on warrants for possession
  • Avoiding the repeated “last chance”


Questions and Answers


Close of Conference

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Venue: Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London W8 5SY | Get directions
Date: Wednesday 16 July 2014
Price: £295 + VAT (Price held for 10th successive year)

Bring your colleagues! Get the very best value from your training budget by booking places for multiple delegates at HALF PRICE - the most cost effective way to get top quality training for your department. See Terms and Conditions

cpd accredited

This conference is accredited for
5 HOURS 30 minutes CPD by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board and ILEX

SpeakerS profiles:

Jan Luba QC, Garden Court Chambers (Chairman and speaker).  Jan Luba is quite simply one of the leading experts on Social Housing law in the country.  His legal knowledge and understanding of the challenges those working in social housing face is extraordinary.

Alexander McDowall, lawyer, London Borough of Camden. Alexander has extensive experience in dealing with some of the most difficult tenancy fraud cases and his authority has deployed a variety of ingenious evidence gathering techniques in order to pursue tenants who are undertaking tenancy fraud.

Peter Marcus barrister, Zenith Chambers has enormous experience in Anti-social behaviour work. As well as a deep knowledge of the law and best practice he also has many years’ of experience of dealing with asb cases from the most serious to lower level but often very problematic cases.

Bethan Harris, barrister, Garden Court Chambers. Bethan is ranked very highly in Chambers Directory of the Legal Profession.  She has a particular expertise in mental capacity and Hoarding cases. 

Paula Tighe, Information Governance executive, Wright Hassall LLP.  Paula is a qualified data protection professional and leads the firm’s adviser information governance service. 

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Just some of the comments from past delegates

“The most useful conference I have ever attended-fantastic content.”
Housing Association Housing Manager

“Excellent conference-well worth the money, lots to go away with and to think about.”
Local Authority Housing manager

“This conference is beneficial to everyone who works in social housing.”
Housing Manager

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