Preparing for a Possession Hearing

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Course Overview

As a landlord & tenant practitioner part of your practice may involve assisting private landlords in the recovery of their residential property. This can arise where the tenant has not paid the rent, the term of the lease has expired or the tenancy agreement has been breached. Regardless of the circumstances, a sound knowledge of Part 55 of the Civil Procedure Rules, which govern residential possession proceedings will be required if you are to handle such cases effectively.

Frustratingly for landlords, the law relating to residential possession proceedings favours the tenant. While some landlords may attempt to re-claim possession of their property by themselves, this can be a complicated process which is best handled by a trained property professional. 

During this course, property practitioner and lecturer David Smith will offer guidance on how to determine which notice the client should serve upon the tenant and the pros and cons of two types of residential possession hearings which can occur; traditional and accelerated. David will also offer detailed guidance on how best to prepare for the possession hearing, what to do on the day and how to deal with the unexpected.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch1 hour recorded webinar
  • The course provides one CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Have considered notices of issue
    • Be familiar with hearing types and meanings
    • Understand the nature of evidence in possession cases
    • Know how to prepare for a hearing
    • Be able to recognise and gather the right evidence
    • Know hoe to prepare witness statements and witnesses
    • Be familiar with Human Rights and other defences
    • Know what to do on the day and what to do if the unexpected happens 

What is the target audience?

  • Practitioners



About Instructor - David Smith

David is a specialist in residential landlord and tenant law and a partner at Anthony Gold Solicitors. David advises landlords and agents in this field with a particular focus on changes in the law and is well known for his work on tenancy deposit protection, houses in multiple occupation and consumer protection legislation.

David is also a skilled and experienced mediator offering advice on the law and practice of mediation and mediating property, landlord and tenant, and boundary disputes.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • Webinar


  • Slides
    17 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60