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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 Rights of Migrants
23 September 2014

The aim of this one day course is to enable participants to understand the housing rights of migrants living in Northern Ireland. ‘Housing rights’ in this context refers to the right to:

  • Access social housing
  • Access homelessness assistance
  • Access Housing Benefit to pay for accommodation.
  • The housing rights of migrants emanate from a complex array of immigration, housing and social security legislation.

This course will examine:

  • The distinct categories of migrants
  • The rights of migrants to reside in the UK
  • The rights of migrants to work in the UK and the impact of their economic status (or lack of) on their rights to access social housing and homelessness assistance and housing benefit
  • Help available to migrants from Social Services
  • Help available to asylum seekers and refugees.
  • In all of this we will pay particular attention to the various pieces of legislation which are crucial to understanding and advising on this topic.

Who should attend?

This course will be of particular importance to housing advisers, benefits advisers, community groups, political party constituency offices, private, social and hostel accommodation providers and the legal profession.

We are also running this course in Belfast

The role of the receiver and the rights of tenants in landlord repossession
5 September 2014

High levels of mortgage debt and repossession persist in Northern Ireland. As a result increasing numbers of tenants are impacted by the repossession of their landlord’s properties.  With the appointment of a fixed charge receiver becoming more common locally we are offering a lunchtime learning seminar on this complex area of housing law. 

The session will be facilitated by Katharine Kimber, a partner in TLT who has a wealth of expertise in the role of receivers. Katharine oversees the Banking & Lender Services and Dispute Resolution teams and has considerable experience in handling and managing banking litigation to include complex recovery actions, property litigation and professional negligence claims.  She also specialises in contentious landlord & tenant matters and represents a range of financial institutions and receivers with regard to fixed charge receiver appointments and sales

During the session Katharine will explore key areas including:

  • The appointment of a receiver
  • Different types of receiver
  • The role of receiver
  • Identifying authorised tenants
  • Powers of  & duties of receivers
  • Outlining the role of the receiver with regard to rental payments/disrepair/notice to quit

As we expect there to be a high level of demand for this session early booking is advised. 

Book online or email Geraldine 

Money Matters in PRS
12 August 2014

Confused about who is responsible for paying rates?

Struggling with deposit issues?

The private rented sector is increasingly becoming the preferred housing option for many households in Northern Ireland.

This half day seminar will examine all financial aspects of renting a property from a private landlord and ways in which tenants can be assisted.

In particular it will consider:

  • Deposits, including forthcoming changes on deposit protection, and rent in advance
  • Responsibility for rates
  • Local housing allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Landlord repossessions

Who should attend?This seminar is essential for landlords, letting agency staff, solicitors, Environmental Health Officers and everyone involved in advising private tenants.

We are also running this course in Derry/Londonderry

Social Housing Options
14 May 2014

People in Northern Ireland who would like to access social housing (either from the NIHE or a housing association) will be assessed and awarded points under the Housing Selection Scheme.  Points are awarded to reflect an applicant’s housing need.

Additionally, if an applicant wishes to be considered as homeless, they will be assessed under the Housing (NI) Order 1988, according to his/her circumstances.  This legislation lays down the ‘hurdles’ an applicant must pass to be awarded ‘Full Duty Applicant’ status. It also sets the duties which the NIHE must abide by when dealing with homeless people or those who are threatened with homelessness, including providing emergency accommodation.

This one day training course will examine
  • the legislation Housing (NI) Order 1988
  • the Housing Selection Scheme
  • using guidance, case law and practise
  • enable participants to maximise points for applicants and assist them in accessing a secure home.

There will be an opportunity to look at the planned changes to the Selection Scheme.

Who should attend this course?

This course is essential for general advisers, housing advisers, hostel workers, floating support workers, social workers and solicitors.

Landlord Registration
28 February 2014

For the first time in Northern Ireland, all private landlords will be required to submit information about themselves and their rental properties to the Landlord Registration Scheme Register. This development has come about following the statutory requirement for the introduction of a mandatory register contained in the Housing (Amendment) Act (NI) 2011.

The establishment of a system of registration is seen as an important step in improving the standards in the private rented sector. Northern Ireland has seen a rapid increase in the number of privately rented dwellings and it is increasingly becoming the main housing option for many people looking for accommodation.

It is hoped that the Landlord Registration Scheme will:

  • Promote good practice in the private rented sector;
  • Provide essential information for local councils in carrying out their compliance and enforcement work;
  • Ensure the provision of appropriate advice and assistance to those living and working in the sector; and
  • Provide a better understanding of the sector.
This course will focus on:
  • The legislative background to the Landlord Registration Scheme;
  • Requirements of the Scheme;
  • The experience of landlord registration in other jurisdictions;
  • Role of local councils and other relevant statutory bodies;
  • Penalties for failing to comply with the Scheme.
Who should attend:

The course will be of particular value to general advice workers, private landlords, letting and estate agents, Environmental Health Officers, community/residents groups.