Tuesday 24 October 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-consuming 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 Tuesday 24th October 2017

Normal Delegate Rate: £450

Normal Delegate Residential Rate: £560

Friends of Unipol Rate: £360

Friends fo Unipol Residential Rate: £470

Unipol Boardroom - Leeds

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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

9.45am - 10.15am Advertising, Misrepresentation and Mis-Descriptions

10.15am - 10.45am Undertaking Due Diligence and Imposing Pre-Conditions: Booking Fees, Administration Fees, Guarantees and Providing Statutory Information

10.45am - 10.55am Questions and discussion

10.55am - 11.05am Break (Tea and coffee provided)

11.05am - 11.50am Taking Deposits and Deposit Protection: Important procedures and a guide to the pitfalls

11.50am - 12.45pm Make or Break? How contracts are formed and when and how they can be cancelled

12.45pm - 1.00pm Questions and discussion

1.00pm - 1.45pm Lunch (provided)

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

1.45pm - 2.15pm What is a Tenancy?

2.15pm - 3.15pm Types of Tenancies: Assured Shorthold Tenancies, Residential Licences and Student Tenancies and Differences between Higher Education and Private Sector Tenants

3.15pm - 3.30pm Break (Tea and coffee provided)

3.30pm - 4.30pm Case Studies and Group Work

4.30pm - 5.00pm Report back from Group Work


09.20 - 09.30am Welcome to day two

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

9.30am - 10.15am Tenants’ Rights to Repair: Contractual and Statutory Obligations

10.15am - 11.15am Remedies for Breach of Contract: Compensation, Mitigation of Loss and Debt

11.15am - 11.30am Break (tea and coffee available)

11.30am - 12.00pm The Housing Act 2004: Houses in Multiple Occupation - Mandatory and Additional Licensing, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System; and the approved Codes of Standards.

12.00pm - 12.45pm Case Studies and Group Work

12.45pm - 1.15pm Report back from Group Work

1.15pm - 2.00pm Lunch (Provided)

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

2.00pm - 3.00 pm Using Disciplinary Regulations, What are they For and When can they be used? Fining and Charging in student accommodation

3.00pm - 3.15pm Introduction to group work

3.15pm - 3.30pm Break (Tea and coffee provided)

3.35pm - 4.15pm Case Studies and Group Work

4.15pm - 4.45pm Report back from Group Work and discussion

4.45pm - 5.15pm Concluding remarks and End


This 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.


John Martin, Barrister

A barrister who worked in private practice and for Bradford Law Centre for many years, he has wide experience of litigation on disrepair, harassment and illegal eviction, housing rights and the right to education, including actions in further and higher education. John is also Chair of the Unipol/ANUK Tribunal for the Codes of Practice for Larger Student Developments and currently works for an inner city Bradford Advice Centre managing immigration appeals.

Hilary Crook, Solicitor, Hatch Legal

Hilary Crook is one of Unipol's regular panel of trainers. She is a practising solicitor and has over 20 years’ experience of advising universities and colleges on their property assets and student relationship management. She has won several awards for her work. More than 60 universities and student housing organisations have come to her for advice and training since she formed Hatch Legal in 2007.

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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