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A new report on the impact of Covid-19 on private renters in Northern Ireland is launched today. The research uses evidence from case records relating to clients who contacted Housing Rights during the period March-June 2020 and shows that those living in the private rented sector have been disproportionately affected, caught in the ‘perfect storm’ of low incomes (often as a result of job losses, furlough or reduced hours), job insecurity and tenure insecurity.

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Housing benefit regulations allow for ongoing payment of benefit while the claimant is absent from home in certain circumstances. The length of time during which benefit can be paid depends on the reasons for the claimant’s absence. A prisoner’s entitlement to continue to receive Housing Benefit while in custody depends on whether the person is on remand or sentenced.

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The Centre for Policy Studies, a centre-right thinktank, has recommended changes to Support for Mortgage Interest to ensure that homeowners don't face repossession as a result of job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Preventing and alleviating homelessness in the face of COVID-19

Recommendations to prevent and alleviate homelessness caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic

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As COVID-19 continues to impact people across Northern Ireland, our advice teams are dealing with increasing demand for support and advice from people worried about their housing situation because of financial pressures or illness.

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The latest housing bulletin for Northern Ireland was published on 27 August 2020. This bulletin covers the period from April to June 2020 and provides insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on housing. The statistics show

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Drawing of notice to quit

The Minister for Communities has announced that private landlords will continue to have to serve longer notice periods until 31 March 2021. As a result of emergency legislation, introduced in response to the COVID-19 crisis, private landlord is required to issue 12 weeks notice to quit in all cases if they wish to end a tenancy.

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Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is pictured with Housing Mediator Faith Westwood and Mediation Manager Laura Coulter

The Housing Mediation Service operated by local charity Housing Rights and funded by the Department for Communities, offers tenants and landlords in the private rented sector a new way of finding agreements that are sustainable and satisfactory for both parties.

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The Housing Mediation Service operated by local charity Housing Rights and funded by the Department for Communities, offers tenants and landlords in the private rented sector a new way of finding agreements that are sustainable and satisfactory for both parties.

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