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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

May 2022

Volunteers Week 2022

The 38th Annual Volunteers week takes place this year 1st-7th June, and is an opportunity for us to thank our wonderful volunteers and to recognise the contribution that they have made to Housing Rights and to those who use our services.

In the last four years alone, our volunteers have dedicated over 2800 hours of their time across all areas of the organisation, helping us toward our vision of everyone having a home.

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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Benefits, Affordability

We stopped a young woman and her baby becoming homeless when the Housing Executive decided that her immigration status meant she was no longer entitled to temporary housing. 

Sofie’s story 

Sofie was born in Denmark. She moved to Northern Ireland with her family as a baby. She's 20 now and has an 10-month-old daughter. Sofie has lived her whole life in Northern Ireland. 

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Northern Ireland will go to the ballot box on 5 May 2022 to vote on its new assembly. Parties have made a number of commitments around housing and homelessness.  

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NI Assembly

A guarantor is someone who has agreed to pay rent if the tenant falls into arrears. They are also usually responsible for any damage to the property caused by the tenant.

In the next few weeks students will begin signing up to tenancies in the private rented sector for the next academic year. Most will have to provide a guarantor. It’s important to understand what that involves before signing any agreement. 

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips