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Last week the Private Tenancies Bill passed its final stage and is waiting for royal assent. The only immediate change this will bring is to notice periods for private tenancies.

From May 5 2022 landlords will have to give

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Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced changes to the Discretionary Housing Payments Scheme, offering greater support to private renters.

The scheme which is administered by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, provides top-up payments to private renters to help meet the shortfall between their rent and help with housing costs. 

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Benefits, Private Tenancies, Affordability, Adviser

The next Housing Advice Practitioners’ Forum will take place online on Wednesday, March 30. The webinar starts at 2:00 pm and will include a presentation from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Keeping our members updated on the latest information on housing legislation, policy and practice is an important aspect of Housing Rights' work.

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Benefits, Legislation, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Policy, Case law, Adviser

We’ve seen an increase in the number of young people asking for help with housing issues in recent months.

Renting Rights is our specialist support service for young people in housing need. The service offers young people aged between 18-25 (or thereabouts):

  • Advice and information
  • Casework and advocacy
  • Mediation

Our Renting Rights mediator has been able to help young people to resolve a variety of housing issues.

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Benefits, Affordability, Adviser

We’ve seen an increase in the number of young people asking for help with housing issues in recent months.

Renting Rights is our specialist support service for young people in housing need. The service offers young people aged between 18-25 (or thereabouts):

  • Advice and information
  • Casework and advocacy
  • Mediation

Our Renting Rights case worker has been able to support young people to resolve a variety of housing issues.

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Benefits, Affordability, Adviser

We recently helped Albert stay in his family home after his mother died.

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Social Tenancies, Adviser

Jamie contacted Housing Rights when his landlord told him that he owed around £6,000 in rent. Jamie was surprised as he thought that Housing Benefit paid his full rent and rates. His landlord issued him with eviction papers and Jamie came to us for help.

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Households in Northern Ireland are in danger of falling even deeper into housing poverty over the forthcoming months, according to local housing advice charity Housing Rights.  

With the withdrawal of government financial support measures introduced at the start of the pandemic coupled with soaring living costs, it is becoming more difficult for households to manage, with many accruing debts in order to get by.   

A fixed-term tenancy offers private tenants extra protection. Usually, if a tenant has a fixed-term contract: 

  • the landlord can't increase the rent until the contract ends, and 
  • the landlord can only evict the tenant if they've breached the contract.  

Our adviser helped 2 tenants show that their fixed-term contracts were valid, despite the landlord not signing these.  

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Private Tenancies, Adviser

Our adviser Faith recently helped a client who had presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) after losing his tenancy.  

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Homelessness, Adviser

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