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Renters Voice for Private Tenants

About Renters Voice

Renters' Voice is a project for private renters in Northern Ireland who want to make renting better for everyone.  Their aims are to build a strong voice for private tenants in NI and a culture of tenant participation in development of the Private Rented Sector. 

They are supported by Housing Rights and funded by Nationwide Foundation but their voice is their own! 

Since the project commenced in November 2019, they have: 

  • Surveyed private tenants across NI about the impact of Covid-19 and longer-term changes people would like to see. 

  • Conducted a ‘Notice to Quit Campaign’ calling for 6 months’ notice for tenants or ideally a move towards longer term/indefinite tenancies. 

  • Held accredited training about Tenants' Rights and the Private Rented Sector in NI and, recently, about Tenant Participation in the Private Rented Sector. 

  • Met with senior officials from the Department for Communities, participated in focus groups and submitted evidence regarding the Housing Supply Strategy and Private Tenancies Bill. 

  • Held online events to reach out further to private tenants, including their ‘Crunch Point Event’ in August 2021 about upcoming changes to Universal Credit, Furlough and (before the extension was announced) the 12 weeks’ notice period afforded to tenants during the pandemic. 

Most importantly, they have established a core group of private renters who meet regularly, set priorities, lead the activities of the project and are proud to call themselves Renters’ Voice. 

Have your renter's voice heard

Do you rent from a private landlord or letting agent?

Would you like to share your experience to improve things for private renters?

With support from the Nationwide Foundation, Housing Rights is delighted to introduce Renters’ Voice.

Renters’ Voice is a new project for people who rent privately to:

  • Share your experience of renting (good and bad)
  • Work with fellow renters to come up with ways to make renting better
  • Have a voice that is heard by landlords, politicians and government

There will be different ways to get involved, for example attending meetings and planning ways to speak up as a group, or just asking to be consulted about issues that affect you. 

There will also be opportunities to attend free training and to build skills in areas such as research, communications and representing the project. 

Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To find out more fill in the form below or email rentersvoice@housingrights.org.uk.

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