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Tenancies and licences

In English law, there are in the region of a dozen different kinds of tenancy, all with differing names and all with different rights and responsibilities – and soon there will be fixed-term flexible/affordable rent tenancies.Many people only have a licence (personal permission) to occupy. Confusion reigns and mistakes are all too common when creating, managing and terminating these.

This training will provide a clear understanding of the different kinds of tenancy/licence and how to minimise errors.

You will learn:

  • Who should get what kind of agreement when first occupying
  • The need for accurate and clear written and verbal agreements with occupiers
  • New fixed-term flexible/affordable rent tenancies
  • For introductory/starter/assured shorthold/demoted tenancies, why reviews are essential
  • How such tenancies default or convert into life-time secure or assured tenancies
  • The different rights and responsibilities that attach to their tenancy
  • Typical tenancy management issues, ie, succession
  • What a ‘licence’ is and who should really have a tenancy
  • How to properly end different kinds of tenancy or licence.

Who should attend?

Everyone involved in creating, managing or ending different kinds of tenancy or licence, including lettings, sign-up staff, tenancy management and enforcement, arrears staff, supported housing teams and tenancy sustainment staff.

Our trainer

Richard Paris has an MA from Queens' College, Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Housing from LSE. From 1991-93 he was senior research officer at LSE Housing, and has worked for short-life and supported housing agencies, mainstream housing associations and local authorities. He is a freelance housing law specialist with 20 years’ training and development experience undertaking educational training, consultancy, policy and procedure health checks. He specialises in housing law updates, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively, preventing and controlling rent arrears, do-it-yourself possession proceedings, the law in supported housing and the law on disrepair and best practice.

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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