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Past Events

Housing Rights offers a variety of courses. Take a look below at a sample of what we can offer. If you are interested in these courses, or would like to have a course adapted especially for you organisational needs, dont hesitate to chat with us

Event Description
Housing problems in the small claims court
9 February 2017

Whether it’s to recover a deposit, repairing issues or enforcing other legal rights; often people feel that their only course of redress is to go to court. The small claims court procedure is designed to be used by individuals and organisations to enable them to access justice more quickly and with less expense than more traditional court procedures.

Whilst there are limits on the type of cases and the amount of money that can be reclaimed through this process, properly prepared paperwork and representations for the hearing can help you be more effective at Court. This course will provide you with the skill needed to do this.

This course assists advisers in taking or defending a case in the small claims court looking in detail at:

  • Types of cases that can be heard
  • Procedures
  • Presenting a case in court
  • Structuring submissions/notices in line with CCR and procedure
  • Enforcing the judgment
Who should attend? 
  • community/residents groups
  • political party constituency offices
  • private accommodation providers,
  • letting agents
  • estate agents
  • local councils.
Antisocial Behaviour and Housing
4 August 2016

Antisocial behaviour is a common problem and a cause of concern for people across all tenure types.

This one day course focuses in particular on social landlords and tenants and will examine legal responsibilities of both social landlords and tenants, legislative procedural requirements which must be followed when dealing with cases of antisocial behaviour and the most recent case law in relation to antisocial behaviour. It will also look at potential upcoming changes to the law surrounding antisocial behaviour.

In particular the course will consider;
  • obligations of the tenant and social landlord prior to taking action
  • procedures for tackling antisocial behaviour
  • pre and post court options for tenant and landlords
  • re-housing options
  • mitigating circumstances and alternative remedies
  • relevant case law on antisocial behaviour and how this should shape both social landlord’s approach and tenant’s behaviour
  • recent changes to the law surrounding information sharing and antisocial behaviour
Who should attend this course?

This course is essential for housing advisers, housing officers, those providing advice to landlords and tenants, solicitors and anyone dealing with antisocial behaviour as an issue.This course is also running in Belfast.

Antisocial Behaviour and Housing
3 August 2016

Antisocial behaviour is a common problem and a cause of concern for people across all tenure types.

This one day course focuses in particular on social landlords and tenants and will examine legal responsibilities of both social landlords and tenants, legislative procedural requirements which must be followed when dealing with cases of antisocial behaviour and the most recent case law in relation to antisocial behaviour. It will also look at potential upcoming changes to the law surrounding antisocial behaviour.

In particular the course will consider;
  • obligations of the tenant and social landlord prior to taking action
  • procedures for tackling antisocial behaviour
  • pre and post court options for tenant and landlords
  • re-housing options
  • mitigating circumstances and alternative remedies
  • relevant case law on antisocial behaviour and how this should shape both social landlord’s approach and tenant’s behaviour
  • recent changes to the law surrounding information sharing and antisocial behaviour
Who should attend this course?

This course is essential for housing advisers, housing officers, those providing advice to landlords and tenants, solicitors and anyone dealing with antisocial behaviour as an issue.

The new Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Bill and its implications
1 June 2016

The Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Bill is currently awaiting Royal assent. It will introduce a new mandatory licensing regime requiring landlords to meet quality and safety standards before a HMO is let.  Although not solely focused on private rented properties, this Bill is seen as a key component in improving regulation and standards within that sector.

The lunchtime learning session will cover:

  • The new statutory definition of a House in Multiple Occupation- considering its scope and impact
  • Focus on the new mandatory licensing regime and the inclusion of the ‘fit and proper person test.” Reviewing the new legal responsibilities of landlords and managing agents in dealing with tenants.
  • Review of the new enforcement procedures including fixed charge penalties
  • How the Bill can improve standards of accommodation and benefit tenants
  • Potential issues – change in responsibility from NIHE to local councils, unattended adverse consequences on tenants
  • Overview of the Departments continued intention to review the role of the private rented sector

This session will be delivered by Housing Rights Solicitor Chris McGrath.  It will be vital to all legal professionals and advisers providing advice to landlords or tenants.

Redundancy and keeping the home - A practical guide
12 May 2016

Over the last few months redundancies have never been far from the news. This lunchtime learning session will focus on ensuring that job loss does not threaten the home.  It will cover key areas like: 

  • Redundancy payments & their impact on benefits
  • Income shock housing benefit payments 
  • Housing benefit for social tenants
  • Housing options
Who should attend?

This course will be of particular importance to housing advisers, union representatives, community/residents groups, benefit advisors, political party constituency offices, private, social and hostel accommodation providers and the legal profession. 

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