Tuesday 24 May 2022

Etc Venues, 8 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4PB

An Introduction to the Law and Student Housing (London)

This course is provided for those wanting to really understand the legal aspects of managing student accommodation – not just how things should be done, but why.

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The Letting Agreement – Make or Break

9.45am - 10.00amArrivals and refreshments

10.00am - 10.15amWelcome and Delegate Introductions

10.15am - 10.50amMake or Break? How Tenancies and Licences are started and ended:

  • The minefield of inchoate, executory and conditional contracts (and finding out what they are!)
  • Landlords’ and tenants’ rights of termination and the formalities required to bring them about
  • The importance of having the end in sight when entering into an assured shorthold tenancy agreement
  • Differences in the operation of licences
  • Changes anticipated in the Private Rented Sector White Paper

10.50am - 11.00amQuestions and discussion

11.00am - 11.10amBreak

11.10am - 12.40pmGuarantees, Deposits and Fees:

  • Avoiding common pitfalls with guarantors
  • Insurance-backed guarantee schemes
  • Update on tenancy deposit protection
  • The impact of the Tenant Fees Act 2019


12.40pm - 1.00pmQuestions and discussion

1.00pm - 1.40pmLunch (provided)

When things Go Wrong – Student Support and Dealing with Serious Incidents

1.40pm - 2.30pmFining and Charging in Student Accommodation:

  • Understanding the differences between fining, charging and compensation
  • How to decide whether a fine is appropriate and enforceable
  • How to calculate compensation (payable by or to students)
  • Are fixed charges a thing of the past?


2.30pm - 2.40pmQuestions and discussion

2.40pm - 2.50pmBreak

2.50pm - 3.30pmStudent Support and Serious Incidents: Dealing with students and the authorities following criminal activity and dealing with welfare concerns

  • Police involvement following incidents
  • Welfare concerns and sharing data with partners and parents
  • Drugs and drug dealing


3.30pm - 3.40pmQuestions and Concluding Remarks




The course is led by Hilary Crook of Hatch Legal, an acknowledged expert and thought-leader in this specialist field. She is a practising solicitor with over 25 years’ experience of advising over 60 universities and colleges and numerous PBSA organisations on their property assets and student relationship management. She has won several awards for her outstanding and thorough work. 



An Introduction to the Law and Student Housing

Suitable for large-scale providers and operators of student accommodation, particularly relevant to the higher education sector and the purpose-built privately owned student accommodation sector. 

This course is provided for those wanting to really understand the legal aspects of managing student accommodation – not just how things should be done, but why. Delegates will be introduced to the main legal concepts in renting, and will come away with an understanding of how to work within the law and avoiding exposing their organisation to time-consuming complaints or legal action. 

The course has been tailored to the needs of the purpose-built student accommodation sector and its particular characteristics, so avoids much of the general information covered in landlord legal training that is not relevant to student housing. 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 government is preparing to introduce legislation that it says will “transform” the private rented sector in England.   The course will outline the government’s proposals and help you get ahead of the curve with your own preparations for managing the change.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the legal framework for private renting in England – and which aspects of it the government plans to change
  • Understand when and how legally binding contracts are formed and terminated
  • Grasp the details around guarantors, deposits and deposit protection
  • Be able to distinguish between permitted and prohibited payments, fines, charges, fees and compensation
  • Understand how to ensure tenant wellbeing whilst complying with data protection law
  • Have the ability to make sound choices and judgements when faced with a number of common scenarios in student accommodation
  • Be aware of how to avoid mistakes and poor management practices that lead to costly and time-consuming legal claims
  • Have improved confidence when dealing with tenants, parents and building owners

This course covers topics that will help you avoid important legal pitfalls and give you confidence when carrying out your role.  Please note because of the nature of this training, the majority of the content is based on English law and may not be applicable in other legal jurisdictions. 

Benefits to you:

  • Develop and refine your understanding of the law to enable you to comply with legal requirements and avoid costly mistakes
  • Expand your knowledge, grow your expertise and ensure you follow good practice
  • Feel confident to deal with a number of common issues
  • Opportunities for networking

Benefits to your organisation

  • Equip your team with the knowledge they need to make effective business decisions, deal with problems as they arise and head off problems before they arise

How is the course delivered?

This course will be taking place in person in central London (venue TBC). Each session will include learning materials, case studies, exercises and the opportunity to discuss the topic with other delegates and the trainer. Aimed specifically at staff working in student accommodation and lettings, it will also provide a valuable opportunity for networking and sharing experiences with other colleagues in the sector.

This will be a stimulating and informative course, allowing the active involvement and participation of delegates. Because of the format of the course numbers are limited to 20 participants.

Course Fees and Booking

Friends of Unipol Training and Members of the ANUK/Unipol National Codes or Unipol Codes - £360
Normal Rate - £390

Bookings for this event will close two weeks before the event is scheduled to take place.

Where will the course take place?

Etc Venues, 8 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4PB

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £390

Friends of Unipol Rate - £360

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