Housing Management – Domestic Abuse – What are the legal options? Edinburgh

Event Date: January 23, 2020

Course Outline

There has been a recent focus on the role of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in dealing with domestic abuse amongst tenants or in one of its properties. A new legal definition of domestic abuse was introduced in April 2019 and guidance has recently been published around what RSLs should and shouldn’t do in managing tenancies impacted by domestic abuse.

In this session, we will look at current housing legislation and discuss the legal obligations on RSLs to take action against perpetrators or to assist victims. We will also consider how tenancies impacted by domestic abuse interplay with other housing issues, such as court actions for rent arrears or allocations. Finally, we will consider how an RSL may offer practical assistance to victims of abuse, whether they are tenants or occupiers.

Who should attend?

This session will be relevant for housing staff and senior management in direct contact with tenants, who are tasked with housing management on a day-to-day basis and who wish to have an informed oversight into their duties and responsibilities. This course will provide practical guidance on the requirements of the legislation.

Introducing our speakers…

Alastair McKendrick is a Partner and leads our Edinburgh court department and has over 10 years’ experience in housing law at TC Young. Alastair advises RSL clients on a wide range of housing issues, undertakes policy drafting and reviews, and has conduct of a wide variety of court actions.

Umera Rashid is a Solicitor in our Edinburgh court department. Having trained at TC Young, Umera works closely with Alastair and has extensive experience in acting for RSLs in a wide range of housing matters. Umera is also a Trustee with West Lothian Women’s Aid and has an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of domestic abuse from the housing perspective.

Where, when and cost …

23 January 2020 – Norton Park Conference Centre & Business Hub, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY 09:30 – 12:30

Programme

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Delegate cost: £50.00 plus VAT