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Posted: Apr 14, 2020 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Webinar: Managing Apartments & Multi-Unit Developments through COVID-19

The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) and The Housing Agency will host a free webinar for stakeholders in the apartments and multi-unit developments sector.

Panellists Ella Dunphy, Management Agent at DNG Ella Dunphy, Kilkenny, and Kay McGuire of Galway Property Services will tackle the challenges facing apartments and multi-unit developments during COVID-19. 

The one-hour webinar will take place at 12:30pm on Thursday 30 April 2020.

Registration is required to participate in this free webinar. To register please visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9ZdWItL9R7KOr44cE-mAVQ. Places are limited to 100 participants, on a first-come first-served basis.

Webinar Programme

  • Introduction & background
  • Panellists' views on key issues for the sector during COVID-19, including:
    • Operational challenges
    • Management company finances
    • Management company meetings
    • Communications with residents
  • Panel discussion
  • Online Q&A

Questions can be emailed in advance to MUD@housingagency.ie

Please note that this webinar will be recorded for future use.

COVID-19

Public health advice and guidance related to COVID-19 is available from gov.ie/covid19.

Posted: Apr 09, 2020 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Webinar: Owners' Management Company Finances & COVID-19

The Housing Agency and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland will host a webinar addressing the financial challenges for owners’ management companies arising from the COVID-19 emergency. 

Delivered by expert panellists, the session will be of interest to stakeholders in the apartment and multi-unit developments sector, including management agents and directors of Owners' Management Companies (OMCs).

The 40-minute webinar will take place at 12:30pm on Thursday 23 April 2020.

Registration is required to participate in this free webinar. To register please visit  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hUVxS-cqRXKDyDOqL1gKBw. Once registered, a password will be provided which you will need to access the webinar.

Webinar Programme

  • Introduction & background
  • Panellists' views on key finance issues, including:
    • Income and expenditure review;
    • Cash flows/liquidity;
    • Sinking funds;
    • Annual service charge recovery;
    • Communications with OMC members.
  • Panel discussion
  • Anonymous online Q&A

Places are limited to 500 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that this webinar will be recorded for future use.

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Webinar: Multi-Unit Developments, Apartment Living, and COVID-19

With the collaboration of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, and the Law Society of Ireland, The Housing Agency will host a free webinar for stakeholders in the multi-unit developments and apartment sector.

Panellists Aisling Keenan, management agent and author of Owners’ Management Companies Law and Best Practice, and Suzanne Bainton, solicitor with Liston & Company, will address challenges facing MUDs and owners’ management companies in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. 

The session will be of benefit to stakeholders in the sector - management agents, OMC directors, legal advisors, etc.

The one hour webinar will take place at 5.30pm on Tuesday 31 March.

To attend please register via this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ObDrLehORk29p1YgE9mfiQ

Webinar Programme

  • Introduction & background
  • Panellists' views on key issues for the sector during COVID-19, including:
    Communications with owners and residents
    OMC finances
    Company law
    Directors' duties
    AGM contingencies
  • Panel discussion
  • Anonymous online Q&A

It is intended that the session will be recorded for future use.

Places are limited to 500 participants, on a first-come first-served basis.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Regulation Office: AHBs and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Regulation Office has issued an important communication to AHBs relating to the Regulatory Process and Notifiable events during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Important Communication: AHBs and Coronavirus (PDF)

Queries should be directed to regulation@housingagency.ie.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Covid-19 update

In light of national emergency measures in place in relation to the coronavirus Covid-19, The Housing Agency would like to inform our customers that our work will continue.

Contingency plans are now in place across the Agency. This includes staff working from home, leaving The Housing Agency in a position to provide our services.

As a precautionary step, The Housing Agency has postponed all public talks, seminars and training events which were due to take place on or before Friday, 17 April. These events will be delivered online where possible or rescheduled in due course.

In relation to the OMC Director Outreach Events scheduled for Sligo on 25 March, and Dublin city centre on 1 April, we are examining options to hold these events online.  Further information will follow.

The Housing Agency will continue to use our website and Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to provide updates on our work and events as and when required. Office reception opening hours remain as normal.

Meanwhile, we actively encourage our staff, colleagues and wider public to please follow all public health advice at this time. For official updates and information please visit hse.ie/covid19.

 

Posted: Mar 03, 2020 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Information Webinars for Volunteer Directors of Owners’ Management Companies - April 21, 28 and May 5

Multi-unit developments (MUDs) are developments of several homes that share certain facilities. These managed estates are often apartment buildings or duplexes, but they can also be townhouses or stand-alone houses that share common facilities. These communities rely on robust owners’ management companies (OMCs) for them to be successful and sustainable.

With the increasing number of apartments, MUDs, and OMCs across the country, The Housing Agency is holding information webinars for volunteer directors of OMCs.

The webinars will cover:

  • Challenges faced by OMCs & managed estates
  • Roles and responsibilities of OMC directors
  • Resources available for OMC directors
     

Events will be held on April 21, April 28 and May 5. Webinars will begin at 6:45pm, and will involve a presentation and opportunity for participants to submit questions.

This webinar is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register using this link, or by email to MUD@housingagency.ie.

Information and Resources on OMCs and MUDs

Previous events in the series took place in:

  • Webinars on Wednesday 25 March and Wednesday 1 April
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Town Centre, Dublin | Wednesday 15 January 2020
  • Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin | Wednesday 29 January 2020
  • Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport | Wednesday 5 February 2020
  • Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge, Carlow | Wednesday 12 February 2020
  • Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork | Wednesday 19 February 2020
  • Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick | Wednesday 26 February 2020
  • Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin | Wednesday 4 March 2020

The Housing Agency

Posted: Feb 01, 2020 / By: ciaragalvin Categories:
Bringing housing, health and social care together – solutions for an ageing population: Housing LIN

In January 2020 The Housing Agency hosted an event focussed on how best to meet the housing needs of older people. “Bringing housing, health and social care together - solutions for an ageing population: The Housing LIN experience” brought together key stakeholders in health, housing and ageing to hear about potential ways to address this issue.

Keynote speakers at the event were Clare Skidmore and Ian Copeman of the Housing Learning & Improvement Network, the “go-to” sharing network for anyone working in housing, health and social care in England, Wales and Scotland. The organisation promotes innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

As the organisation’s Strategic Lead in Influencing and Networks, Ms Skidmore leads the Housing LIN’s influencing work with government and strategic partners in England, Wales and Scotland; oversees the delivery of knowledge sharing events; and enables the Housing LIN to meet the learning needs of its 25,000 members, while showcasing innovation locally.

Ian Copeman leads the Housing LIN’s research and consultancy services, working with UK governments, local authorities, National Health Service organisations and housing associations to improve the planning, commissioning and delivery of housing and support options that are suited to older and disabled people.

Government policy

The event was held on foot of the February 2019 publication of the Government Policy Statement: ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’, prepared by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Department of Health. In welcoming delegates to the event, The Housing Agency’s Director of Operations David Silke highlighted the importance of collaboration, noting that ‘working together’ is one of the six key principles the policy statement recognises as crucial to inform strategic thinking and practical planning in developing housing options and supports for older people.

In her address, Ms Skidmore outlined some of the successes Housing LIN has had in integrating health, housing and social care services in meeting the needs of older people across England, Scotland and Wales.

An ‘honest broker’

“Housing LIN has a strong record as an ‘honest broker’,” she said. “People see us as a neutral place where they can explore ideas. We’re a trusted partner, but we also have an extensive cross-sector membership and reach.”

Ms Skidmore also highlighted a number of projects her organisation has spearheaded:

  • Providing intensive support and housing options to the NHS England’s ‘Transforming Care’ programme, which aims to support people with autism and learning difficulties to live in more community-based settings.
  • Acting as member of the UK Coalition for Accessible Housing, an external network advocating for greater accessibility in homes for older and disabled people.
  • Leading in the HAPPI design principles, a set of principles developed in the UK with particular relevance to the spectrum of older persons' housing – both offering an attractive alternative to the family home, and being able to adapt over time to meet changing needs.

Local and national responsibilities

Mr Copeman outlined the policies undertaken by the governments in Scotland and Wales in designing homes and communities that are attractive and accommodating to the needs of older people. He also spoke about the research Housing LIN have carried out into what local authorities in England are doing in the provision of homes for an ageing population.

“Both governments in Wales and Scotland have a very clear statutory drive towards the integration of health, housing and social care, which is essentially about a better, more coordinated offer for their citizens,” Mr Copeman said.

“In England the integration of health, housing and social care is much more driven at a local level. One of the things that’s happened in England is the devolution to city regions,” he added, before citing Housing LIN’s work in providing a resource pack to help standardise the work of public sector agencies developing different forms of accommodation for older people in Greater Manchester, a region of around three million people. The pack highlighted examples of international best practice in the area among various socio-economic types, emphasising the diversity of Manchester residents.

Positive work in Ireland

The trip also enabled Ms Skidmore and Mr Copeman to learn about the positive work of colleagues in Ireland. Joining them on a panel to discuss the issues of housing, health and social care for older people were Alan Byrne of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Niall Redmond of the Department of Health; and Catherine McGuigan of Age Friendly Ireland and Meath County Council.

Through the work of Age Friendly Ireland, Ireland recently became the first country in the world to be fully affiliated with the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities & Communities. Another positive development in this area which was highlighted was the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, based in Dublin and part of the National Disability Authority, which is ‘dedicated to enabling the design of environments that can be accessed, understood and used regardless of a person's age, size, ability or disability’.

It is hoped that this visit signals the first stage of an ongoing, fruitful relationship between colleagues with shared values and objectives in the UK and Ireland – united in the commitment to promoting high quality housing solutions for older people.

Pictured above, left-to-right: Ian Copeman, Housing LIN; John O'Connor, Chief Executive Officer, The Housing Agency; Clare Skidmore, Housing LIN; David Silke, Director of Operations, The Housing Agency; Isoilde Dillon, Senior Architect, The Housing Agency.

Posted: Dec 18, 2019 / By: michaelmchale Categories:
Outreach Events for Volunteer Directors of Owners’ Management Companies

Multi-unit developments (MUDs) are developments of several homes that share certain facilities. These managed estates are often apartment buildings or duplexes, but they can also be townhouses or stand-alone houses that share common facilities. These communities rely on robust owners’ management companies (OMCs) for them to be successful and sustainable.

With the increasing number of apartments, MUDs, and OMCs across the country, The Housing Agency is holding evening information meetings around the country for volunteer directors of OMCs.

The meetings will cover:

  • Challenges faced by OMCs & managed estates
  • Roles and responsibilities of OMC directors
  • Resources available for OMC directors
     

Events will be held at:

Clayton Hotel, Sligo
Wednesday 25 March

Chartered Accountants Ireland, Dublin 2
Wednesday 1 April

Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Club, Maynooth
Tuesday, 21 April

Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club, Drogheda
Tuesday 28 April

Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone
Tuesday 5 May

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register by clicking on your preferred location above, through Eventbrite, or by email to MUD@housingagency.ie.

Evening Programme

6:45pm     Registration (light refreshments provided)
7pm          Presentation from the Housing Agency
7:45pm     Open forum for directors attending
8:30pm     Closes

Information and Resources on OMCs and MUDs

Previous events in the series took place in:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Town Centre, Dublin | Wednesday 15 January 2020
  • Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin | Wednesday 29 January 2020
  • Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport | Wednesday 5 February 2020
  • Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge, Carlow | Wednesday 12 February 2020
  • Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork | Wednesday 19 February 2020
  • Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick | Wednesday 26 February 2020
  • Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin | Wednesday 4 March 2020
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Posted: Nov 12, 2019 / By: donneln Categories:
Outreach Event for Volunteer Directors of Owners’ Management Companies

With the increasing number of managed estates, multi-unit developments, and owners’ management companies (OMCs) across the country, the Housing Agency is hosting evening Outreach Events for volunteer directors of OMCs.

 The events will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities of OMC directors
  • Resources available for OMC directors
  • Challenges faced by OMCs & managed estates

The events will be held at:

North East

Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Wednesday 27 November 2019: 6.30p.m. to 8p.m.

West

Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway, Wednesday 4 December 2019: 6.30p.m. to 8p.m.

Registration for the event will be available shortly by way of Eventbrite, or email to: MUD@housingagency.ie

The Housing Agency’s dedicated page, with information and resources for OMCs and multi-unit developments

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 / By: donneln Categories:
Training Session for Landlords

The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has partnered with Fingal County Council to deliver the RTB Betterlet: Accredited Landlord training scheme. The RTB and the Fingal Housing Department are inviting landlords in Fingal County and surrounding counties to take part in its free, one-day accreditation course on Saturday, 30th November at the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport.  

Further Details