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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
Sustaining tenancies - Keeping clients in their homes
23 May 2018

With limited new builds, long waiting lists for social housing, and more people than ever renting privately, keeping people in the place they call home is vitally important.  This one day accredited course looks at practical solutions to key issues that can impact peoples’ ability to stay in and enjoy their homes.

This one day session will focus sustain tenancies across the Social, Private and Home ownership sectors and will look at:

  • Rent arrears and affordability
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Abandonment
  • Disrepair
  • Suitability
Who should attend?

This course will be of particular importance to

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

Accredited through the Open College Network*.

Those wishing to register for level 2 accreditation will have an additional fee of £25.00

Annual Housing Law Update
11 April 2018

10% off - discount applied at checkout or contact training@housingrights.org.uk to book. 

Despite no functioning NI Assembly, there have been important policy and case law developments in housing in the last year.  This essential half day seminar will provide you with the must have information on key housing policy and case law developments. 

It will look at:

Main Consultation Responses

  • Prisons 2020
  • Civil Justice Review
  • Breathing Space
  • Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations
  • Affordable Warmth Scheme

Strategic Legal Casework

  • Letting Fees case

Impact of the Roll out of Welfare Reform

  • Wealth of legislation over past 12 months re: WR programme, namely:
    • Universal Credit
    • LMI
    • Benefit Cap WSP – increase
    • Discretionary Financial Assistance
  • Policy developments WR:
    • Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cap WSP –“administrative payment” guidance
    • Budget Announcements Nov 2017
    • Extended roll – out period
    • UC Contingency Fund
    • Young People – DfC expanded guidance to allow for payment of housing costs element of UC
    • HR Evidence submitted to Welfare Reform Research Group
    • WR and prisoners

This session will be delivered by Kate McCauley (Policy and Practice Manager), Sarah Corrigan (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
8 March 2018

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

Following this course, you will be able to prepare and present a case for the Small Claims Court.

Who should attend? 
  • community/residents groups
  • political party constituency offices
  • private accommodation providers,
  • letting agents
  • estate agents
  • local councils.
Housing young people-What you need to know
8 November 2017

There are a variety of types of accommodation available to young people in NI.  Whether they need to access emergency accommodation, want to rent a property, share with friends or buy a property, it’s vital that the accommodation meets their needs.  This course will ensure you can better advise young people on their housing options and housing rights.

In particular the course will examine:
  • Homelessness & accessing emergency accommodation for 16-21 year olds
  • Role of NIHE/Social Services
  • Accessing and maintaining tenancy in the private rented sector for young people including HMO and paying for accommodation (Housing Benefits)
  • Accessing and maintaining tenancy in social housing for young people including tenancies, joint tenancies and paying for accommodation (Housing Benefits)
Who should attend?

This course will be of particular importance to housing advisers, community/residents group especially those working with young people, benefit advisors, political party constituency offices, private, social and hostel accommodation providers and the legal profession.

Universal Credit-The housing impacts
24 August 2017

Universal Credit has been introduced across Northern Ireland. Its introduction will bring very real challenges for clients, advisers and social housing providers.

This essential half-day overview will be the first in a series of sessions that will ensure you are prepared for all the key housing impacts of Universal Credit as they unfold.

The first session will introduce:

  • The differences between Housing Benefit and Universal Credit
  • Initial payment timelines and the risk of arrears
  • Calculating Universal Credit payments
  • Converting Support for Mortgage Interest to a loan for homeowners
Who should attend?
  • Advisers of all levels who need an understanding of Universal Credit and its impacts on housing.
  • Housing associations
  • Constituency office workers
  • Community/residents groups
  • Hostel workers