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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
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.

Renting privately in NI: The definitive guide
4 September 2013

The private rented sector (PRS) plays an increasingly important role in meeting the housing needs of a large number of people in Northern Ireland. According to the Housing Condition Survey (NIHE, 2009) it represents 17% of the total housing stock, with approximately 125,000 dwellings.

Renting privately offers choice and flexibility to people who cannot buy their own homes or who cannot access social rented property due to high levels of demand.

The number of landlords who let out property has increased. Renting privately has become the default option for an increasingly diverse range of households, including students, young professionals, families and increasingly many vulnerable households with varying social needs.

Training on renting privately

This one day course will examine the key stages of a tenancy including:

  • preparing to become a landlord or tenant,
  • taking on a tenancy,
  • affordability and rates liability,
  • rights and responsibilities, and
  • ending the tenancy.
Who should attend?

This course will be essential for landlords who wish to have a clear understanding of their legal responsibilities and for those who advise tenants.

Disputes, damages and adjudication: Deposit Protection
15 August 2013

Northern Ireland’s tenancy deposit scheme has been in place since April 1.  As part of the new scheme adjudicators are appointed by administrators to facilitate dispute resolution.We are delighted that TDS Northern Ireland, one of the administrators appointed by the Department for Social Development, will deliver this session which will focus on practical matters to avoid disputes but also to explain what happens if a dispute does arise. TDS Northern Ireland are uniquely placed to provide guidance on this element of the scheme and will cover key issues such as:

  • Setting up a tenancy correctly and the importance of inventories
  • The check out process
  • Quantifying damage and assessing fair wear and tear
  • What the adjudicator is looking for
  • How the adjudicator decides a dispute
  • The role a court can play
Who should attend?

This course will be beneficial for letting agents, landlords, housing advisers and other tenant groups.

Where is the course?

The course will be held in Housing Rights Service offices in Belfast.  Find the venue on Google Maps.

We will also be holding a course in Derry/Londonderry.