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Supported Housing and the Law


 Authors: Sue Baxter and Helen Carr

 Edition: First (September 2007) 680pp

 Pb 978 1 903307 51 9

 Supported Housing and the Law is the first book designed to equip the providers of supported housing, their advisers, and service users with an accessible and user-friendly introduction to the complex legal and regulatory framework which governs supported housing. Complex issues are helpfully illustrated with case studies, frequently asked questions and summaries of key points.



'This ... book ... is highly recommended to all who deal with supported housing. It will give all who work in this field a clear guide to the relevant law. For a legal book, it is very readable and is clearly set out and organised.' Landlord-Law

'An incredibly useful resource that I would recommend for anyone in the housing sector to have. It complements organisational policies and procedures and will help to improve service delivery in what, at times, can be a very complex field, especially in understanding and navigating legislation and regulations. A definite must for landlords, managing agents, registered care homes and for the floating support service providers. It's a much-needed resource which I'm sure will be well used within the sector and I, for one, look forward to using it.' Janine Iyanda, Area Manager, Richmond Fellowship

'This publication gives us a comprehensive and accessible tool for understanding the legal issues of supported housing as they currently stand. It is also necessarily a forward looking document which forces us to question our future position in the legal framework and to reflect on possibilities of reform. The authors are to be congratulated on their exceptional clarity and skill in articulating a complex situation which has, until now, lacked a definitive navigator of relevant legal structures.' Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, chief executive, Turning Point

'The Housing Corporation is particularly pleased to have provided the funding for this important book. This valuable resource is an excellent example of best practice that underpins Investing in independence, our housing for vulnerable people strategy.' James Berrington, policy manager, Housing Corporation

Supported Housing and the Law is the only legal book for those working in the supported housing sector that offers guidance on how to deliver good quality services and improve tenancy management. By promoting best practice models for the provision of housing, care and support, this book aims to support providers to empower vulnerable tenants to live independently and enjoy a good quality of life.

Contents include:

- the legal foundations of housing law including contract, tenure, homelessness and human rights
- the regulatory framework including the role of the Housing Corporation, the inspection regime of the Audit Commission and the continually changing face of the Supporting People programme
- practical guidance: drafting and managing occupancy agreements, rent reviews, confidentiality, managing information, managing behaviour and responsibilities towards vulnerable occupiers
- court and ADR procedures: injunctions, possession proceedings and anti-social behaviour
- appendices: policy checklists, statutory materials, extracts from regulatory documents and precedents

Supported Housing and the Law is required reading for housing and support providers including registered social landlords, managing agents, advice agencies, housing associations, Supporting People commissioners and legal practitioners concerned with improving practice in tenancy management for the benefit of vulnerable tenants. It should also be an invaluable resource for tenants and their advocates empowering them to ensure that they receive quality services.

Sample chapter (pdf: 106Kb)


Sue Baxter is policy and implementation officer (housing) at Sitra. She is responsible for providing training and consultancy on a range of housing management and support issues, and has been working in the supported housing sector for over 20 years.

Helen Carr is a solicitor and academic specialising in housing and social welfare law. She is a senior lecturer at Kent Law School, a part-time chair with the Residential Property Tribunal and is legal adviser to the Independent Review Service for the Social Fund.


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