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Private Tenants Forum

The NI Private Tenants' Forum was established in 2012 and is supported by Housing Rights. It was set up against the backdrop of a changing sector in Northern Ireland. From 1991 – 2011 there was a huge increase of 505% in the number of people living in the private rented sector. There is now nearly 1 in 5 people living in the sector. This trend looks set to continue. 

The Forum is made up of a group of individuals who are either currently living in private rented accommodation or have been in the past. They have a range of personal experiences from renting privately, which adds to their ability to contribute to the ongoing discussions around the future of the private rented sector.

In the short period of time since their establishment, the Forum has played an important part in raising awareness of particular issues and has carried out a range of work including:

The aims and objectives of the Private Tenants' Forum

The aim of the forum is to encourage tenant participation in shaping relevant legislation, policy and practice in the PRS.

The objectives of the forum are:

  • To actively influence legislation, policy and practice in areas relevant to private tenants.
  • To provide a supportive environment for PRS tenants to voice and share views.
  • To help create a culture that is committed to the principles of tenant involvement in the future development of the PRS.
  • To support and encourage improvement of the PRS

The Forum is looking for new members. Just contact us if you are interested in joining.

Meet the members

Find out why some of our members have joined the forum.

Tracey's Story
Jan's Story


Set up in 2012 by Housing Rights, the Private Tenant’s Forum is a group of volunteers who advocate for changes in policy and legislation that will improve conditions for everyone living in the Private Rented Sector.  The forum has now been nominated for 'More than Bricks and Mortar' award in this year's Housing Awards.

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The latest NI Repossession statistics have been published by the Courts and Tribunal Service, showing a welcome fall in cases reaching court.  The report shows statistics for October – December 2014.

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We've storified some of the highlights from our Bigger & Better conference so those of you who weren't able to attend can see some of what you missed.  

Conference highlights #prsplus


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Private tenants have, for the first time, published proposals for improving rented accommodation in Northern Ireland. The Private Tenants’ Forum has produced an ‘Agenda for Action’ which sets out 8 practical ways to improve rented accommodation in Northern Ireland.

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A little piece of history was made last week when, for the first time, MLAs heard directly from private tenants about their experiences of living in the private rented sector. The meeting followed on from the Committee for Social Development’s attendance at Housing Rights Service where they conducted their normal weekly business meeting.

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