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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
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.

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