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Housing standards in temporary accommodation and leased properties

Many housing authorities rely on a supply of properties leased from private sector landlords to offer temporary accommodation to particularly vulnerable households. To safeguard the interests of both the people living in the accommodation and their own authority, it’s important that officers managing such properties have a good appreciation of the legal framework governing the landlord/tenant relationship and also of the statutory framework regulating property condition.

This course gives a straightforward introduction to the agreements between landlord and tenant and legislation affecting these. It explains the various statutory provisions covering the condition of properties, including Section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, Section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990, Part 1 Housing Act 2004 (the Housing Health and Safety Rating System) and the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. Information on overcrowding is included, as is practical guidance on the inspection of properties, including shared facilities.

During the day, exercises based on case studies are used to illustrate the subjects covered during the event.

The course can also be delivered as a two-day option, which includes an expanded section on the practical inspection of properties including an extended session on identifying and dealing with damp.

Delegates will learn:

  • The basis of the landlord/tenant relationship and relevant legislation
  • The main statutory provisions governing property condition, including guidance on dealing with claims
  • What to look for when assessing the condition of properties.

Who should attend?

All staff responsible for the management of temporary accommodation and leased properties.

Our trainer

Peter Wilson has over 30 years’ experience in both public and private sector housing. An environmental health practitioner and chartered surveyor, he also holds a degree in law. His experience includes working for many years as a housing manager responsible for over 11,000 properties. He combines a wealth of ‘hands on’ knowledge with an interactive training style and in-depth experience.

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package please contact us by emailing

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