A Trainee Solicitor’s Whistle-stop Tour of Social Housing

As part of their Training Contract, trainee solicitors are given the opportunity to spend around 6 months in different departments of their law firm. In January 2023, I commenced my third seat in MSB’s Social Housing and Regeneration department.

When I started my seat in Social Housing, I had no experience of working in Housing Law. However, the team in our Cheshire office regularly give updates across MSB’s social media platforms, including webinars, articles, and case law updates. I was therefore able to keep updated with developments, meaning I could join the team with some valuable background knowledge.

Throughout my time in the Social Housing team, I have worked primarily in the disrepair team. The disrepair team represents social housing providers who have received a ‘Letter of Claim’ relating to their housing conditions.

Whilst working in the Social Housing team, there have been lots of training opportunities. This has enabled me to gain a greater understanding of different areas of Housing Law, including ASB injunctions and possession claims. I have been particularly interested in learning more about ASB injunctions, the effects of ASB on communities, and the legal framework that the Court considers in determining whether to grant the injunction.

Having previously worked in Family Law, it has been interesting to recognise some overlaps with housing. The introduction of the Supported Accommodation (England) Regulations 2023, for example. Under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996, 16-17 year-old care leavers or children who are looked after by the local authority can be housed in supported accommodation. This accommodation can be vital to young people to develop their independence whilst keeping them safe. One of the main aims of the 2023 legislation is to provide a degree of regulation to support accommodation. The Quality Standards are four standards that providers of supported accommodation must meet. These cover leadership and management, protection, accommodation and support. Local authorities must therefore choose providers that meet these standards to safeguard young people and ensure they receive the necessary support. It will be interesting to see what this means for Social Housing Providers as the regulations are implemented.

I am extremely grateful for my time working in MSB’s Social Housing and Regeneration department. I have been lucky to work alongside and learn from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team, who are passionate about the work they do. I will take the transferrable skills and knowledge with me as I continue my journey to becoming a Solicitor and beyond.

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