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Spring Briefing April 2019

10/04/2019

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Exempt Accommodation – the latest position

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15th Jan 2019 Central London Book Now
16th Jan 2019 Central Manchester Book Now

HBINFO is delighted to offer this course which takes a comprehensive look at the “exempt accommodation” rules and how it affects local authorities.

The Government has recently announced that this type of accommodation will NOT be fully included in Universal Credit and have suggested local authorities will receive funding in the short-term via the DHP budget.

The “exempt accommodation” provision has given rise to a number of issues that continue to cause substantial difficulties to local authorities; and can be very costly in terms of subsidy.  This course should enable delegates to be confident that the decisions they make in such cases are well considered and legally correct. Hints on dealing with Tribunal issues and negotiation will also be included in the day.

Exempt accommodation can cost substantial amounts for a local authority if claims are incorrectly handled. This course should help redress that balance.

The programme will include
 

  • The policy context
  • How “exempt accommodation” fits into the wider funding framework- now and after Universal Credit is introduced
  • How to identify cases that fall within the “exempt accommodation” exception
  • The relevance of the accommodation provider’s status (the “landlord condition”)
  • What is “care, support or supervision”?
  • Who must provide care, support or supervision and to whom must it be provided?
  • Superior landlords and ownership of the accommodation
  • High rents and high eligible service charges
  • Service charges
  • Sudden increases in charges
  • Difficulty of distinguishing reputable providers from those abusing the scheme
  • Summary of the options available to local authorities
  • Restricting rents that are “unreasonably high” (the old “saved” version of Regulation 13)

-    comparing rent levels
-    suitable alternative accommodation
-    so-called “vulnerable groups” - who counts?
-    when does the availability of alternative accommodation have to be considered?
-    when does the effect of moving home have to be considered?
Restricting unreasonable rent increases

Restricting excessive eligible service charges, or replacing unreasonably low ineligible charges

Tribunal issues

The day will include the very latest legislation and case law updates.

Fee: £260 members, £325 for non-HBINFO HBINFO members.  Book three places on the same day, get a fourth place free (free places may be carried forward and used on any subsequent HBINFO training event within 6 months)
The fee covers refreshments, lunch and all training materials.