Wednesday 08 December 2021

An Introduction to the Law and Student Housing (Two days)

An Introduction to the Law and Student Housing (Two days)

 Wednesday 8th December: 10am – 1pm

AND

Thursday 16th December: 10am – 1pm
 

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Agenda

The Letting Agreement – Make or Break

Wednesday 8th December 2021  10am – 1pm

Suitable for landlords, letting agents, tenant advisors and anyone else working in student accommodation, whether off-street properties, halls of residence or student villages and whether, privately owned, educational establishment owned or under nomination.

9.50am - 10.00amSession opens online (Please login promptly)

10.00am - 10.15amWelcome and Delegates Introductions

10.15am - 10.45amMake or Break? How Assured Shorthold Tenancies are started and ended:
- negotiating the minefield of inchoate, executory and conditional contracts
- 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

10.45am - 10.55amQuestions and discussion

10.55am - 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 two years on

12.40pm - 1.00pmQuestions and Concluding Remarks

1.00pmEnds

 

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

Thursday 16th December 2021 10am – 1pm

Suitable for large-scale providers and operators of student accommodation, particularly tailored to the purpose-built privately owned student accommodation sector, but also of interest to student accommodation owned or managed by educational establishments. 

9.50am - 10.00amSession opens online (Please login promptly)

10.00am - 10.45amFining and Charging in Student Accommodation:
- understanding the differences between fining, charging and claiming 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?

10.45am - 10.55amQuestions and discussion

10.55am - 11.10amBreak

11.10am - 12.40pmStudent Support and Serious Incidents: Dealing with students, the authorities where offences / anti-social behaviour are suspected or detected on site, and dealing with welfare concerns
- noise nuisance
- assault and harassment
- self-harm and suicide
- drugs

12.40pm - 1.00pmQuestions and Concluding Remarks

1.00pmEnds

Details

An Introduction to the Law and Student Housing (Two days)

Wednesday 8th December 2021: 10am – 1pm

AND

Thursday 16th December 2021: 10am – 1pm

Venue – Online via Zoom

Suitable for staff working 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. 

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. 

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.   Day 1 is also relevant to private sector landlords and letting agents with portfolios of properties that are not in large complexes.

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.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the legal framework for private renting in England – the Assured Shorthold Tenancy regime
  • Understand when and how legally binding contracts are formed and terminated
  • Grasp the details around guarantors, deposits (and deposit protection)
  • Understanding fining, charging, 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. 

Each module can be taken and booked individually, or combined as a whole series to provide you with the full picture.

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 online over Zoom, with content delivered through two 3-hour sessions. 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.

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 20 years’ experience of advising over 60 universities and colleges on their property assets and student relationship management. She has won several awards for her outstanding and thorough work.

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 30 participants. The sessions can be booked individually. Alternatively if booked together, a discounted rate is available

Fees:

Normal rate -  £225 for both sessions (or they can be booked individually)

Friends rate/Members of the Unipol/ANUK Codes - £200 for both sessions

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