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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
Welfare Reform and housing: a practical guide
27 April 2017

As Universal Credit roll out date approaches, this must-attend session will ensure you know how Welfare Reform will affect the housing situation of vulnerable and low income households in Northern Ireland. 

As well as looking at ongoing developments with Welfare Reform, this day course will also include practical case studies and excercises that will help you to have an understanding of the changes coming in and be better equipped to prepare your clients for the impact of Welfare Reform.

This seminar will cover:
  • Universal Credit and Housing Credit
  • The ‘bedroom tax’ and other reforms in the social rented sector
  • The benefit cap
  • Abolition of the social fund, and
  • Changes to challenging benefit decisions
Who should attend?
  • Both new and experienced advisers
  • Housing providers
  • Constituency workers
  • Community/residents groups
  • Hostel workers
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Annual Housing Law Update
22 March 2017

This essential half day seminar will provide you with the must have information on key housing policy and case law developments over the past year.

The session will review developments from the last 12 months and look forward to upcoming developments including private rented sector proposals, homelessness and welfare reform.

We will look across all tenures under the themes of affordability, access, case law, standards, and regulation.

We will also give consideration to the political context such as Assembly elections  and the Programme for Government

This session will be delivered by Kate McCauley (Policy and Practice Manager), Stephen Orme (Policy Officer) and Christopher McGrath (Solicitor)

Who should attend?

  • housing advisers
  • community/residents groups
  • benefit advisers
  • political party constituency offices
  • private, social and hostel accommodation providers
  • floating support
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.

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