Friday 17 May 2019

Essential Housing Law for Student Accommodation Management

Suitable for: Staff working in either HE or privately provided student accommodation who want to understand the legal basis for rights and duties between landlord and student tenants. 

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9.45am – 10.00amRegistration (Tea and coffee available)

10.00am – 10.15amDelegates Introductions and Introduction to the Course

10.15am - 10.45amAdvertising, Misrepresentation and Misdescription.  Important things you should do to avoid invalidating your contracts and prevent prosecution.

10.45am - 10.50amQuestions and discussion

10.55 - 11.10amBreak (Tea and coffee provided)

11.10am - 12.30pmFees, Guarantees and Deposits. What money can you legally ask for in addition to rent?  Changes to be introduced by new legislation, and how they will affect common practices.  Requirements for a guarantee to be legally binding.  Insurance-backed guarantee schemes.  Deposit protection update.

12.30pm - 12.40pmQuestions and discussion

12.40pm - 1.10pmGroup work

1.10pm - 1.25pmReport back from Group work

1.25pm - 2.15pmLunch (provided)

2.15pm - 3.00pmMake or Break?  How contracts are formed and when they can be cancelled.  Helping you through the minefield of inchoate, executory and conditional contracts; landlords’ and tenants’ rights of termination and the formalities required to bring them about.

3.00pm - 3.10pmQuestions and discussion

3.10pm - 3.20pmBreak (Tea and coffee provided)

3.20pm - 4.10pmFining and Charging in student accommodation.  How to calculate a claim for compensation (whether payable by or to the student) and why fines and penalties are open to challenge.

4.10pm – 4.20pmQuestions and final remarks discussion




Hilary Crook

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.



This 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. 

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
  • the special legal differences to private accommodation from institutionally provided
  • the legal facts regarding guarantors, deposits (and deposit protection) and booking fees
  • 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.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £285

Friends of Unipol Rate - £240

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