NLA Understanding Possession Course

Fri 24 May 2019
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Arrival Time:
9:15 AM
Start Time:
9:30 AM
Finish Time:
5:00 PM
200 Union Street, Skyline House (2nd floor), London
More Information:
£165.00 (Non-member) - £120.00 (NLA-member) - £120.00 (UKALA-member)
Bookings now closed.

Event Overview:

There is no onsite parking.
Nearest car park UCP Great Suffolk Street, £20 per day.
We recommend you travel by public transport.
Please be aware you will be subject to the Congestion Charge when driving to the venue.

National Rail
London Waterloo 0.5 miles
London Waterloo East 0.4 miles
London Blackfriars 0.5 miles (Southbank)
London Underground
Southwark (Jubilee line) 0.1 miles
Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, Waterloo & City lines) 0.7 miles
Borough (Northern line) 0.5 miles

Course Information

Dealing with repossessing your property can be stressful, not to mention expensive and time consuming! The NLA’s one day possession course will give you a detailed outline of how to end difficult and disruptive tenancies and how to get your property back. A recent survey conducted by BVA-BDRC showed that 27% of NLA members served a Section 21 notice to tenants, and 18% of NLA members served a Section 8 notice to tenants*. Learning information about these processes can save you time and money.

Unfortunately, there’s a small minority of landlords who must go through this laborious process of repossessing their property. However, it is considered a complete necessity in order to avoid further loss of rental income, spiralling legal fees and higher overall expenses which landlords could do without. 

This course will give you a detailed understanding of what action to take if a tenant: 

  • Fails to pay their rent
  • Causes damage to your property
  • Is guilty of anti-social behaviour
  • Refuses to leave your property

Course content:

  • Introduction to possession
  • What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy?
  • Reducing risk
  • Section 21 (no-fault eviction notice)?
  • Section 8 (court ordered eviction notice)?
  • Surrender
  • Court procedures
  • Avoiding harassment and unlawful eviction
  • Dealing with the abandonment or death of a tenant
  • Voluntary surrender by the tenant 

Our knowledgeable trainers will teach you how to:

  • Legally regain your property
  • Save time repossessing your property
  • Keep financial losses to a minimum
  • Know how to fill out the paperwork correctly
  • Avoid incurring unnecessary court fees

Our trainers use realistic examples and provide practical advice on filling out the relevant court forms and notices, using the process necessary in order to save you costly fees and more importantly, your time.

*Survey was conducted by BVA-BDRC in in 2019, figured based on 297 people being asked ‘What, if anything, have you done about the tenant(s) that had rental arrears?’ 

Trainer Profile

Trainer: John Coyne

For the last 18 years John has worked in the PRS as a portfolio landlord.  He owns and manages a mixture of properties ranging from freehold houses to leasehold flats and HMO’s.  John is a senior telephone advisor on the NLA advice line service.

Johns varied career spanned the corporate world working for companies such as publishing, the employment agency, regional newspapers and a nationwide computer supplier.  In 1998 he started up as a part time landlord and quickly moved in to running a lettings profession. As a believer in lifelong learning John set out to educate himself in the legal and practical aspects of running a successful property business putting the customers at the heart of his business.  In 2001 John started a part time Law degree and graduated in 2005 with a high 2-1. He then went on to train as a solicitor but after 6 months moved to barrister training and was called to the bar in 2008.  Despite being a barrister John has concentrated on his expanding property business with his partner.  He conducts training on landlord and tenant law for letting agents as well as representing clients in dealing with court matters and tribunal procedures.

John works as a consultant for UKALA, and the NLA to deliver a wide range of training.  As a trained negotiator he is a great believer in the power of sitting down and achieving a just, fair and reasonable conclusion for the benefit of all parties.