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Heating and lighting our homes is an everyday necessity. However, Consumer Council research shows that for one third of consumers it is the area of household expenditure they worry about most.

Consumers can cut down on their energy bills by shopping around for the best deal possible and switching suppliers to make savings. The Consumer Council has produced a range of resources to help consumers save on their home heating oil, natural gas and electricity bills.

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A report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers suggests that Northern Ireland could have amongst the lowest level of homeownership in the UK by 2025.   PwC predicts that renting privately is likely to boom in the coming decade, particularly amongst 20 to 39 year olds. 

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Private Tenancies, Affordability

With Storm Imogen currently battering parts of the UK and Storms Jake and Katie presumably not far behind, it’s important for advisers to familiarise themselves with the newest government grant aimed at helping homeowners who have been adversely affected by flooding.

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Fitness, Affordability, Landlord

With the DSD’s Review of the Private Rented Sector ongoing, Housing Rights has prepared a policy briefing on the need for improved regulations in the charging of letting fees in Northern Ireland.

What are letting fees?

Letting fees are additional charges imposed for services included in the routine letting and management of a property.

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Private Tenancies, Affordability, Landlord

Housing Rights Policy Briefing on Letting Fees in Northern Ireland

With the Department for Social Development's Review of the Private Rented Sector ongoing, Housing Rights has prepared a policy briefing on the need for improved regulations in the charging of letting fees in Northern Ireland.

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Private Tenancies, Affordability, Landlord

January is traditionally a busy time of year for our debt services and this year looks to be no different.  We're keen to encourage any one who is having difficulties paying their mortgage to speak to our mortgage debt advisers and to start taking action to save their homes.  

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Repossession, Affordability

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a report evaluating the impact of the removal of the spare room subsidy or, in common terms, the implementation of the bedroom tax.   The research, carried out by Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, has been carried out over a two year period.

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Benefits, Outside NI, Welfare Reform, Affordability

Research from the Irish League of Credit Unions shows that over 270,000 people in Northern Ireland have used moneylenders or payday loans while a further 193,000 people would consider using these services.

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Money Matters, Affordability

At Housing Rights we feel that everyone should have access to specialist housing advice regardless of where they live in NI. Although our office is in Belfast, our services are available to people throughout Northern Ireland.  We also work with 24 agencies across NI to provide guidance, support and assistance on housing cases as part of our Community Housing Advice Partnership.

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