Wednesday 03 May 2017

Student Housing & The Law for Accommodation Managers

This two day course is provided for those wanting to really understand the legal side of student occupation of student accommodation, to ensure managers are working within the law and avoiding exposing themselves to time-consusing complaints or legal action. 

Suitable for: Staff working in student accommodation wanting to know and understand the legal basis for rights and duties between landlord and student tenant in university provided and private accommodation.

Please note: The residential rates for this course includes one nights bed & breakfast at Premier Inn - Leeds City Arena on Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Normal Delegate Rate: £450

Normal Delegate Residential Rate: £560

Friends of Unipol Rate: £360

Friends of Unipol Residential Rate: £470

155-157 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3ED




9.20am - 9.30am Registration and coffee

9.30am - 9.45am Delegates Introductions and Introduction to the Course

Theme: Lettings and Pre-Contractual Matters THEME LEADER: Hilary Crook, Solicitor, Hatch Legal

10.15am - 10.45am Advertising, Misrepresentation and Mis-Descriptions

10.45am - 10.50 Questions and discussion

10.55 - 11.10am Break (Tea and coffee provided)

11.10am - 12.30pm Taking Deposits and Deposit Protection, Undertaking Due Diligence, Pre-Conditions: Booking, Administrative Fees, Guarantors and Providing Essential Statutory Information

12.30pm - 12.40pm Questions and discussion

12.40pm - 1.10pm Group work

1.10pm - 1.25pm Report back from Group work

1.25pm - 2.15pm Lunch (provided)

2.15pm - 3.00pm Make or Break?  How contracts are formed and when they can be cancelled

3.00pm - 3.10pm Questions and discussion

3.10pm - 3.20pm Break (Tea and coffee provided)

THEME: Disciplinary Regulations and Criminal Behaviour THEME LEADER: Hilary Crook

3.20pm - 4.10pm Using Disciplinary Regulations, What are they For and When can they be used? Fining and Charging in student accommodation

4.10pm - 4.40pm Group work

4.40pm - 5.00pm Report back from group work and discussion

5.00pm End of day one


09.20 - 09.30am Welcome to day two

THEME: Agreements and Contracts - THEME LEADER: John Martin, Barrister

9.30am - 10.00am What is a Tenancy?

10.00am - 11.00am Types of Tenancies: Assured Shorthold Tenancies, Residential Licences and Student Tenancies and Differences between Higher Education and Private Sector Tenants

11.00am - 11.30am Case Working Groups (tea and coffee available)

11.30am - 11.55am Report back from Case Working Groups

THEME: Maintaining Standards and Disrepair - THEME LEADER: John Martin

11.55am - 12.25pm The Housing Act 2004: Houses in Multiple Occupation - Mandatory and Additional Licensing, the Approved Codes, and the Housing Health and Safety Rating System

12.25pm - 12.50pm Group Work

12.50pm - 1.10pm Report Back from Group Work

1.10pm - 2.00pm Lunch (provided)

2.00pm - 3.00pm Tenants’ Rights to Repair: Contractual and Statutory Obligations

3.00pm - 3.30pm Group Work

3.30pm - 3.45pm Break (tea and coffee available)

3.45pm - 4.15pm Report back from Group Work

4.15pm - 5.00pm Remedies for Breach of Contract: Compensation, Mitigation of Loss and Debt

5.00pm - 5.30pm Questions and Discussion

5.30pm Concluding Remarks and End


The course has been designed to include in-depth materials combined with group work and round table discussion to give delegates the chance to consider their own situations and ask questions.

The course covers:

• the implications of recent legislation and regulation

• types of tenancy in common use: assured shortholds, residential licences and student tenancies and the differences between them

• the special legal differences between institutionally provided and private accommodation

• the legal facts regarding guarantors, deposits (and deposit protection) and booking fees

• what rights to repair have tenants

• who pays for what when damage occurs?

• harassment and unlawful eviction

• the essentials for an in-depth understanding of the landlord/tenant relationship and what flows from that.

The course is being run by two acknowledged experts in the field: John Martin, barrister, with a wealth of experience in student housing and Hilary Crook, solicitor, whose knowledge of the tenant side of student accommodation is unparalleled.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £450
Normal Delegate Rate (Residential) - £560
Friends of Unipol Rate - £360
Friends of Unipol Rate (Residential) - £470

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