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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

September 2020

Illustration of low income households to accompany report

Our latest research looks at the barriers facing low-income households who want to live in the private rented sector (PRS). The research aims to provide a better understanding of the needs of this group and to assess best practice initiatives which work elsewhere.

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Research, Private Tenancies

As COVID-19 continues to impact people across Northern Ireland, our advice teams are dealing with increasing demand for support and advice from people worried about their housing situation because of financial pressures or illness.

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Coronavirus, Policy

The Frontline Network, a group representing frontline workers who support people experiencing homelessness and established by the St Martin-in-the-Fields charity, has published the results of its most recent survey of frontline staff. The survey was completed by frontline staff across the UK and included over 40 responses from Northern Ireland.

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With the assistance of Shelter, another person has successfully challenged a letting agent who discriminated against tenants in receipt of benefits. 

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Private Tenancies, Case law, Legal

Housing Rights Mediation Service for private renters and landlords has continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has helped private rented sector landlords and tenants resolve some of the difficult disputes that have arisen as a consequence of this unprecedented situation. 

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Private Tenancies

The latest housing bulletin for Northern Ireland was published on 27 August 2020. This bulletin covers the period from April to June 2020 and provides insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on housing. The statistics show

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The Housing (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2020 received Royal Assent on 28 August 2020. This intention of this act is to reverse the effect of the Office of National Statistics decision to classify housing associations as public bodies. One of the most significant changes the act will have for tenants is the removal of the statutory right for secure housing association tenants to purchase their home.

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Legislation, Social Tenancies