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An estimated additional 177,000 properties in England are now subject to mandatory House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing as a result of the changes brought about by the Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018.

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Following a successful pilot Housing Rights has secured a contract to provide a free telephone and email advice service for landlords for the next three years.

Funding for the service, which is provided by the Department for Communities, means landlords can access free confidential advice to help meet their legal requirements.  The “Landlord Advice” service aims to promote a professional and well managed private rented sector that is good for both landlords and tenants.

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Dr Julie Rugg and David Rhodes from the centre for Housing Policy at the University of York, launched a review called, ‘The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential’. It was funded by the Nationwide Foundation, and released on Monday 10th September.

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Citizens Advice have recently published a report unveiling the extent of so-called ‘retaliatory evictions’ within the private rental sector.

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As students across Northern Ireland get their ‘A’ level results many will be thinking about moving out of home for the first time.

Many students choose to rent privately, which can be a daunting experience for any first time renter. Our Advice Service Manager, Catherine Feely says:

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As students across NI get their “A” level results, local charity Housing Rights has come up with handy tips for anyone thinking about renting privately.

Many students heading off to College or University will choose to rent privately.  The sector has grown rapidly in recent years and 21% of households now rent their homes.

Keeping our members up-to-date with the latest information on housing legislation, policy and practice is an important part of the work of Housing Rights and a key function of the Policy and Practice Team within Housing Rights.

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The Housing Executive recently published their findings from the 2016 Private Tenants Survey. A total of 144 privately renting tenants across Northern Ireland gave their views and experiences of renting across a range of topics including rights as a tenant, affordability, satisfaction, and future regulation. This survey has previously been carried out in 2006 and 2012.

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) released a report in March 2018 that sets out three options for using incentives to improve the private rented sector in England for people living in poverty.

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