This free half day workshop will focus on the rights of private sector tenants. The workshop will be led by two expert lawyers, Mary-Claire Kelly from Clan Childlaw and Vicki Pirie from Shelter Scotland.

More people than ever are making their home in the Private Rented Sector. Young people are particularly likely to find themselves in private tenancies, unsure of their rights. During the workshop, we will look at the rights of tenants to live in a property that is not affected by disrepair and explain how to deal with a landlord who is failing to carry out repairs. We will provide advice on eviction, including the grounds for eviction and how to prevent eviction. We will also provide information on tenancy deposit schemes and what advice to give a tenant who is in dispute with their landlord over the deposit. The workshop will focus on case studies to provide you with the practical tools they need to assist their service users.

Who should attend this workshop:

This workshop will be relevant to anyone who supports children, young people, or families in private tenancies. It will be of particular interest to housing advisers, community/residents’ groups, support workers, and those who work with children, young people and families with housing issues.

About the workshop

This workshop will cover the following private rented sector issues:

  • Tenants’ rights, including notices to leave and rent increases

  • Eviction

  • Disrepair

  • Tenancy deposits

At the end of the workshop you will:

  • Have the tools to help young people and families threatened with eviction, disrepair or tenancy deposit issues.

  • Have materials and styles to give practical assistance, including case studies, template letters, template forms, and copies of the legislation

  • Feel confident in identifying when further advice is required and how to access it

About the trainers:

Mary-Claire Kelly is a senior lawyer at Clan Childaw. She has extensive experience in housing and homelessness law. She is recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as an accredited specialist in Housing and Residential Tenancy Law. She sits as a part-time chair in the First-Tier Tribunal (Housing & Property Chamber).

Vicki Pirie is a lawyer at Shelter and specialises in housing law. Vicki provides advice and representation across all areas of housing and homelessness law and is currently working on a project aiming to increase local authorities compliance with temporary accommodation regulations. She has recently graduated with a Master of Laws in Human Rights from Strathclyde University and has a particular interest in housing as a human right.


10.00 – 10.05 – Welcome and introduction

10.05 – 10.45 – Tenant rights in the private rented sector, including notices for removal and rent increases

10.45 – 11.30 – Eviction from a private rented tenancy - process and prevention

11.30 – 11.45 – Break

11.45 – 12.30 – Disrepair: how to apply to the First-tier Tribunal for a repairs order

12.30 – 13.00 – Q&A

Price & Location

This lawyer-led workshop is free to attend. The workshop will take place on Zoom and spaces are limited to allow for interaction and discussion.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about this workshop, please get in touch on [email protected]

 This workshop is part of Clan Childlaw's Street Legal Project in partnership with Shelter Scotland. Combining the expertise of both organisations, the project provides free legal advice and representation to young people aged 16 - 25 or families with children up to the age of 18 who are either experiencing, or at risk of homelessness in Edinburgh. 

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