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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

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
Dealing with Housing Problems in the Small Claims Court
4 August 2015

Whether it’s to recovering 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 adviser 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
Housing Benefit: Advanced - Challenging Decisions
19 March 2015

This one day session will build on our introduction to housing benefit and consider, in particular, circumstances where an applicant may want to challenge a decision with regard to their housing benefit.

An award of Housing Benefit can be refused for a number of reasons and challenging such a decision can be complex requiring advisers to have a thorough understanding of housing benefit regulations. The training will include relevant legislation, regulations and Commissioners decisions

In particular it will focus on:
  • Contrived tenancies
  • Notional capital
  • Wilful deprivation of income
  • Overpayments & their recovery
  • Reviews, supersessions & appeals of housing benefit decisions
Who should attend? 

This course will be essential for welfare rights/ housing advisers, housing association and hostel staff and statutory sector workers, such as social workers and probation staff who deal with Housing benefit enquiries on behalf of their clients. 

Common Selection Scheme
27 February 2015

Accessing social housing provided by NIHE and housing associations is via an assessment made under the Common Selection Scheme.

Advising clients regarding accessing social housing requires knowledge of how the Common Selection Scheme operates and the Housing (NI) Order 1988.  Advisers need to understand points entitlement under the Selection Scheme and maximise points for clients. Additionally, they should understand when a client may be eligible for a (management) transfer or require a referral for a complex needs assessment.

This one day course will enable advisers to understand the impact and application of assessment changes on prospective tenants.

The course will focus on:
  • Accessing social rented housing
  • Assessment and ranking of applicants
  • Understand the triggers to refer for a homelessness investigation
  • Definitions of statutory homeless – a full duty applicant
  • Transfers
  • Complex needs assessments
  • Allocations
  • Challenging decisions
Who should attend this course?

This course is essential for advisers, hostel workers, housing association staff, support workers and all those working with clients to assist their rehousing in social housing.

Inside Out: Housing Offenders
28 November 2014

Providing advice and information on housing for ex offenders and those charged with criminal activity can be complicated. Whether your client has been released on bail, held on remand or released after serving a sentence, they will want advice on things like accessing temporary accommodation, statutory duties of NIHE and housing benefit entitlement. They may also need assistance with keeping their home while in custody.

To ensure that you can help your client through this complex area, Housing Rights are hosting a comprehensive specialist seminar. 

This will consider:
  • Housing issues of those charged, through sentencing and ultimately release.
  • Presenting as homeless prior to release, homeless tests & recent case law
  • Accessing temp accommodation including bail addresses & statutory duty to obtain temporary accommodation for difficult to place offenders
  • HB / Welfare reform implications including Shared Accommodation Rate
  • Retention of accommodation, including use of nominated person & Abandonment procedures
  • Implications for foreign nationals
Who should attend? 

Solicitor or advisers whose clients face prison & require knowledge of how their housing situation will be impacted by their offending behaviour and/or prison sentence. 

Community Housing Advice Partnership Roadshow
20 November 2014

Housing Rights Service is travelling throughout Northern Ireland to bring you information on the latest developments in housing law and showcasing how we can help equip your organisation to provide the best housing advice.

These FREE events will cover a number of topics including:

What’s Happening in Housing in 2014
  • Social Housing Reform 
  • Social Housing allocations
  • The Anti Social Behaviour Bill
Social Housing
  • Pre action protocols for rent arrears
  • Welfare Reform Update
​Private Rented Sector
  • Tenancy deposits one year on
  • OFT Guidance for letting professionals
  • Landlord Registration
Overview of Products and Services
  • The content and features of Housing Law in Practice NI
  • An overview of Professional Resources on... range
  • The benefits of membership

Book online or email Geraldine to secure your place