Local Government

Standards for Rented Houses is a training programme for all staff, both professional/technical and administrative, who have responsibilities related to enforcement of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019. The IPA working in close collaboration with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage present this four-day training progamme. 

The programme seeks to bring about a common understanding among Inspectorate Staff, and thereby a standardisation, in interpretation and implementation of the Regulations and Guidelines both within individual local authorities and across the sector generally.

This course is ideally suited for newcomers into the area of enforcement of the minimum standards.  It will enable all participants share individual experiences and approaches as currently adopted, as well as providing an opportunity to network with other Inspectorate Staff.  It is also open to HSE Environmental Health Officers and third party private contractors undertaking rental inspections on behalf of Local Authorities.

Standards for Rented Houses

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

The Standards for Rented Houses is a four day online training programme delivered over four x one day Modules which will take place from 9:30am - 4:30pm (approximately) on each scheduled date. The modules will involve a variety of training methods including presentations - delivered by experienced housing practitioners and sector experts - group exercises and discussions.

The next programme is scheduled for April 2021.  This training will be delivered online via MS Teams and facilitated by subject matter experts.

Module dates include: 

  • Modules 1 & 2: 6 & 7 April 2021
  • Modules 3 & 4: 19 & 20 April 2021

Commences

Dates to be confirmed. Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

Four Days

Accreditation

Housing Training Network

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The total cost of this four-day online course is €800 per person. 33% of the total cost of this course is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and therefore the cost of attendance will be €535 per person.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

Numbers attending this programme are limited to 30 people so early booking is recommended to secure a place.  There is a limit of four bookings per local authority on this course.  Bookings must be received in writing using the form below or booking online. Please note that places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel:(01) 240 3666  | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a workshop, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

Standards for Rented Houses is a training programme for all staff, both professional/technical and administrative, who have responsibilities related to enforcement of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019. The IPA working in close collaboration with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage present this four-day training progamme. 

The programme seeks to bring about a common understanding among Inspectorate Staff, and thereby a standardisation, in interpretation and implementation of the Regulations and Guidelines both within individual local authorities and across the sector generally.

This course is ideally suited for newcomers into the area of enforcement of the minimum standards.  It will enable all participants share individual experiences and approaches as currently adopted, as well as providing an opportunity to network with other Inspectorate Staff.  It is also open to HSE Environmental Health Officers and third party private contractors undertaking rental inspections on behalf of Local Authorities.

Who is this for?

The Standards for Rented Houses Training Programme is for all local authority staff, both professional / technical and  administrative, who have responsibilities related to enforcement of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019.

This course is ideally suited for newcomers into the area of enforcement of the minimum standards.  It will enable all participants share individual experiences and approaches as currently adopted, as well as providing an opportunity to network with other Inspectorate Staff.  It is also open to HSE Environmental Health Officers and third party private contractors undertaking rental inspections on behalf of Local Authorities.

Course Content

Indicative Course Content is outlined below.

Module 1: Regulations and Guidelines

The objective of this module is to give participants a clearer understanding of the regulations themselves, i.e. Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019 and the Guidelines. The practical differences between the Regulations and Guidelines will be explained; in addition, direction will be provided on how each should be applied by Inspectorate Staff with a view to standardising the interpretation and approach in bringing rental properties into compliance with the minimum standards.

  • Structural Condition
  • Sanitary & Heating Facilities
  • Food Preparation, Storage and Laundry (and
  • AHB exemption)
  • Ventilation and Lighting
  • Fire Safety; Refuse
  • Gas, Oil and Electricity

Module 2: Good Practice / Implementation

This module seeks to give participants the knowledge necessary to help establish/develop a fully functional and efficient Inspectorate Function within their local authority. The following will be covered:

  • Housing Policy Statement; Inspection Requirements
  • Responsiveness to Complaints: Balanced Inspection Planning
  • Identify and Prioritise Targets and Targeted Inspection Activity; Communication Strategy
  • Follow-Up Inspections and Enforcement
  • Resource and Training
  • Data Capture and Management Systems
  • Use Data to Improve Evaluation and Learning Requirements Responsiveness to Complaints; Balanced Outcomes
  • Role of the RTB

Module 3: Tools & Techniques

In this Module, the focus will be on explaining the tools and techniques necessary to help establish / develop a fully  functional and efficient Inspectorate Function within their local authority. The following topics will be covered:

  • Conducting Effective Inspections
  • Staff Considerations / Roles
  • Support Tenant Participation
  • Effective Defect Diagnosis
  • Standardised Forms & Reporting
  • Internal Communication
  • Developing Inter-Agency Relationships:
  • Effective Information Sharing
  • External Communication
  • Multi-Agency response
  • Evaluation of Reporting
  • Performance Indicators
  • Benchmarking Activity
  • Conduct Inspection

Module 4: Enforcement

The theme of the final module will be enforcement. Therefore, the emphasis will be on ensuring that participants fully understand the enforcement and related procedures to be followed and practical processes that need to be developed and embedded within their Inspectorate Function. The following aspects will be covered:

  • Presentation and Peer Review of Inspection
  • Complaints and Obstruction
  • Improvement Letters and Notices
  • Prohibition Notices
  • Enforcement Process and Procedure
  • Legal Proceedings

For the final part of the module, participants will present their research findings to the class.

Modules will be updated, as appropriate, to reflect any changes that may be made to the regulations themselves and also to reflect feedback from previously completed programmes.

Assessment

Course Requirements:

To support the learning process, participants will be required to undertake a small research exercise (between modules 2 & 3) and present their findings to the class at the end of module 4.

Impact Assessment Quiz:

Participants will be invited to complete a multiple-choice Impact Assessment Quiz 2 weeks after the training.*This online quiz is designed to help embed the information provided by the course.

*Please be advised that participant email addresses for those enrolled on relevant IPA programmes, including this course, will be shared with TestReach Ltd for the purposes of completing the Impact Assessment Quiz. TestReach Ltd is a provider of online assessment services based in Dublin, Ireland.

Course Leader

Each module of this programme will be delivered by an experienced Housing Practitioner \ Sector Expert.

  • Module 1 wil be deliverd by Mr. Peter Clarke, retired lecturer, DIT.
  • Module 2 will be delivered by Mr. David Silke, The Housing Agency, Ms. Caren Gallagher and Ms. Andrea Wesolowski, Residential Tenancies Board.
  • Modules 3 and 4 will be delivered by Mr. Colm Smyth, Environmental Health Officer, Dublin City Council.

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