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Renting Homes: Law and Policy

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Emma Laurie
Academic year

Module overview

If you are interested in understanding the law that regulates the relationship between those who rent their homes and their landlord, then this half option is the course for you. The underlying theme is to consider the tension that exists in the landlord-tenant relationship where someone's home is at stake. The course covers both those who rent from a private landlord and those who rent from a local authority (i.e. council housing), as well as those who have no home. We will look at the various statutory schemes that regulate these types of tenancy, including such issues as how people can lose their homes by being evicted by their landlord. We will also examine the implications of human rights provisions for housing law and consider how the law deals with people who are homeless. In addition to examining what the law is, we also consider the policy that underpins it and look at how it has changed during the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, in response to particular housing problems.