Thursday 25 May 2017

Shared Student Houses: How to Assess Them

Thursday 25th May 2017
The Unipol Board Room, Leeds, LS2 3ED

Suitable for: All those staff working in student accommodation who need to assess shared student houses for legislative compliance and best practice, and involved in off-street property inspections, assessments and advising students on standards.

Normal Delegate Rate: £270

Friends of Unipol Rate: £235

155-157 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3ED

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9.20am – 9.30am Registration and Coffee

9.30am - 9.40am Introduction to course and delegates

9.40am – 10.10am How to Look at a House: The methodology of inspecting a house in a systematic manner, recording information and writing reports, insurance and personal safety. Philip Moxon, Independent Environmental Health Consultant

10.10am – 10.20am Questions and Discussion

10.20am – 10.30am Break (Tea and Coffee provided)

10.40am – 12.00pm An Introduction to the Legislation: The Housing Act 2004 including the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, HMO Licensing, and gas safety. Phil Moxon, Independent Environmental Health Consultant

12.00pm - 12.35pm Best Practice in Housing Standards: The LACORS Fire Guide and Electrical Inspection Certification. Phil Moxon, Independent Environmental Health Consultant

12.35pm - 1.10pm Assessing Properties for Potential Management and Letting: What to consider. Tony Vyse, Development Manager, Unipol Student Homes

1.10pm – 1.55pm Lunch (provided)

1.55pm – 3.30pm Visit to two occupied shared student houses-  in preparation for compiling a report

3.30pm - 4.00pm Analysis and Report Preparation: Groups prepare reports on their visits (tea and coffee will be available during this session).

4.00pm - 4.20pm Report Back: A rapporteur from each group gives a resume of their report allowing each group to compare their views with others.

4.20pm – 4.40pm Questions and Concluding Remarks


This recently revised one day training course provides practical information and expert guidance on how to inspect and assess a student house.

This ‘hands on’ course provides information on:

  • the methodology required to inspect a house and how to get about it
  • what to record
  • hazard identification and outcomes
  • assessing risk
  • identifying disrepair
  • ensuring that licensing standards under the Housing Act 2004 are met

The day will also inform of the skills required to make an assessment of the suitability of houses for student occupancy and enable those working with private landlords to advise them correctly and with confidence on any course of action required.

Philip Moxon

Philip holds a first degree and following a period of study from 1967-1971, qualified as an Environmental Health Officer became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in 1972. He is currently a Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, a Member of the Royal Society of Health and a Member of the Institute of Housing. Having over 30 years’ experience as a housing professional, Philip lectures on a number of graduate and undergraduate courses at Birmingham City University and has become a Visiting Fellow to the School of Housing.


Tony Vyse

Tony Joined Unipol in January 2013 as Senior Housing Management Officer - Technical Services having worked within the building and construction industry for 18 years. In 2015 Tony became the Development Manager for Unipol assessing and enhancing Unipol's property portfolio. Providing support to the housing management team and assist them with technical advice, monitoring and quality assurance.

Cost per delegate

Friends of Unipol Rate - £235
Normal Delegate Rate - £270

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