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The Impact of Human Rights on Possession Proceedings 2019

Revised and updated in 2019.

Housing Rights is increasingly using a human rights argument, not just in defending possession proceedings at a court stage, but also when seeking legal aid to defend an action and when advocating on behalf of clients prior to possession proceedings being initiated.

This resource will focus on:

  • The essential elements which need to be present when raising a human rights argument in a housing case;
  • The meaning of ‘proportionality’;
  • The relevant case law and the possibilities for the human rights legislation to reach beyond social tenancies ;
  • Practical application of the human rights legislation.