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The Housing Executive will deal with Housing Benefit and Rates Relief claims for homeowners from 1 June 2022. Land & Property Services will continue to deal with claims until then. 

This change should make it easier for people to get help with their rates bill and is seen as the best use of resources.  

Existing Housing Benefit claims from homeowners 

LPS will transfer its caseload of open and ongoing claims to the Housing Executive on 1 June 2022.  

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Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) will now focus on sustaining tenancies and preventing homelessness. This means the Housing Executive will pay people more in DHPs and pay these for longer.

We were part of a group who worked with the Housing Executive on a review of these payments. We're hopeful the change will give much needed help to renters in Northern Ireland.

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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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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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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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A new crisis fund has opened for people who are at risk of being cut off by their energy suppliers. The fund can help people who have almost run out of energy or who have received a bill that they cannot pay.

You can only apply for help if you meet

  • conditions about your income, and
  • conditions about your energy or fuel

You'll have to give evidence to show you meet these conditions when you apply.

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We've responded to the Department for Communities' consultation on intermediate rent.  

We know how important it is to address the shortage of housing in Northern Ireland. But any new housing product has to add to the net housing stock we currently have and must be truly affordable. 

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Housing Rights response to intermediate rent consultation

We've responded to the Department for Communities' consultation on intermediate rent.

We know how important it is to address the shortage of housing in Northern Ireland.But any new housing product has to add to the net housing stock we currently have and must be truly affordable

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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.   

Stamp duty thresholds in Northern Ireland change on 1 July 2021. Buyers will continue to pay reduced rates of stamp duty until 1 October 2021, at which point rates will revert to pre-pandemic levels. 

Stamp duty in Northern Ireland from 1 July 2021

The stamp duty rates from 1 July 2021 are

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