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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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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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Last year we responded to the Call for Evidence on the Housing Supply Strategy. We can see areas in the draft strategy which reflect some of our recommendations.

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Housing Rights’ response to the Department of Communities’ Draft Housing Supply Strategy

Last year Housing Rights submitted a response to the Call for Evidence on the Housing Supply Strategy.  We note areas in the draft strategy where our recommendations have been taken on board and we hope this response will help to further advance the development of this strategy.

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This week we issued a joint press release with our colleagues at the Chartered Institute of Housing NI, Homeless Connect, and the NI Federation of Housing Associations expressing concern that the political situation at Stormont will impact on both the Private Tenancies Bill and the welfare mitigations legislation.

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The Chartered Institute of Housing NI, Homeless Connect, Housing Rights and the NI Federation of Housing Associations have issued a joint statement expressing concern that the political situation at Stormont will impact on both the Private Tenancies Bill and the welfare mitigations legislation.

Housing Rights has responded to the Housing Executive’s (NIHE) draft homelessness strategy 2022-2027. The strategy considers how homelessness can be prevented and alleviated. 

Working together to end homelessness 

Housing Rights agrees with the strategy’s goal of preventing homelessness. We believe collaboration is needed to achieve this goal.

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Housing Rights response to Housing Executive draft homelessness strategy 2022-2027

Our response to the Housing Executive's draft homelessness strategy welcomes the commitment to working together to prevent and alleviate homelessness and to involving people with lived experience in the desig of appropriate solutions. Our response outlines how we'd like to see these commitments strengthened

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Housing Rights evidence to the NI Assembly Committee on the new Private Tenancies Bill

We have submitted evidence on the new Private Tenancies Bill.  Our written submission makes a number of points and proposals for amendments, and we wish to see a number of clauses strengthened.

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We have used our client experience in this area to submit evidence to the inquiry. Our evidence shows the barriers people face:

  • accessing housing advice
  • accessing housing

Barriers to accessing housing advice

In 2017 & 2018 we ran a peer housing advice project for ethnic minority communities. We trained, supported and developed peer volunteers. The aim was for the volunteers to deliver housing advice within their own communities.

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