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The Condition of Residential Housing

About the series

  • A series of six ‘Breakfast Seminars’ each dealing with a different aspect of the condition of residential housing
  • Each will be presented by members of 42 Bedford Row’s experienced and specialist Housing Group
  • Each highly practical session builds upon your knowledge so that by the end of the series you will understand the key issues relating to the condition of residential housing
  • These seminars are fully accredited and can form part of your continuing competence programme
  • The seminars are offered free of charge, but we do ask that you book each one separately
  • We may be able to run any or all of these sessions for you in-house. Call our Senior Practice Manager, Steve Sheridan, to discuss your requirements

Breakfast Session 1: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018: an overview

This session will provide an overview of this important new legislation. What does it add to current obligations? Should landlords be worried? To whom does it apply?

When: Thursday 2nd May 10.00 – 12.00 Where: 42 Bedford Row WC1R 4LL
Registration from 09.30

Breakfast Session 2: Statutory nuisances and prosecutions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990

There has been a significant increase in private prosecutions against social landlords in recent years. This session will look at key issues behind the concept of a statutory nuisance in social housing: what is a ‘statutory nuisance’? How do these criminal prosecutions differ from civil claims? What do sections 79 and 82 of the legislation impose upon landlords? The session will also explain the procedure, from the first notice through to a trial in front of Magistrates and, of course, ‘conviction’.

When: Thursday 6th June 10.00 – 12.00 Where: 42 Bedford Row WC1R 4LL
Registration from 09.30

Breakfast Session 3: Section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 disrepair: liability

Legal Aid for ‘standalone’ disrepair claims may be now all-but gone, but social landlords will agree that there has certainly not been a drop in the number of disrepair claims they face. But what is ‘disrepair’? What obligations does s.11 impose upon landlords? What defences exist? This session will explore the key principles of liability in this crucial, but often misunderstood, area of housing law.

When: Thursday 4th July 10.00 – 12.00 Where: 42 Bedford Row WC1R 4LL
Registration from 09.30

Breakfast Session 4: Section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 disrepair: quantum

Following the third session dealing with liability, we now turn to damages. How will a Court go about assessing damages for ‘disrepair’? Is it always based on diminution of value? How useful are other reported cases dealing with damages? When will the Court order the landlord to put right what is wrong?

When: Wednesday 31st July 10.00 – 12.00 Where: 42 Bedford Row WC1R 4LL
Registration from 09.30

Breakfast Session 5: Disrepair claims and section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972: what does it add?

It is rare to see a claim involving section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and not also see section 4 of the Defective Premises Act 1972 included in some form. But what is it? Does it add anything? Who can benefit from it and why? These questions and more will be considered in this session, which will focus on practical examples that illustrate clearly its use and application.

When: Thursday 19th September 10.00 – 12.00 Where: 42 Bedford Row WC1R 4LL
Registration from 09.30

Breakfast Session 6: Disrepair in residential long leasehold property

Moving away from section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, what obligations are there on landlords of long residential leases? Where do those obligations come from? Will damages be looked at in the same way as under section 11 and why do they tend to be so much higher in these cases?

When: Wednesday 31st October 10.00 – 12.00 Where: 42 Bedford Row WC1R 4LL
Registration from 09.30

Please email housing@42br.com to reserve your places, but please remember that we can only reserve up to two sessions at a time on a “first come” basis.

To discuss any aspect, please call the Housing Group’s Senior Practice Manager, Steve Sheridan, on 020 7831 0222 or e-mail steves@42br.com

About the 42 Bedford Row Housing Team

  • We have a strong track record of success in both advisory and contentious work across a broad range of cases. Our work includes specialist advice, drafting and advocacy in both the public and private sectors
  • We work in highly complex cases and have specialists at every level of experience and complexity
  • Our team regularly delivers seminars and workshops to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in law and practice

24.04.2019