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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

From February 2016 landlords in England face financial penalties and prosecution if they rent to someone who does not have a legal right to be in the UK.  The roll out of the "right to rent checks", introduced by the Immigration Act 2014, has not yet reached Northern Ireland and local landlords can continue to do business as usual.

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Minority Groups, Private Tenancies, Landlord

At its latest People and Communities Committee meeting, Belfast City Council considered its response to the Department for Social Development’s Review of the Private Rented Sector.

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Fitness, Private Tenancies, Policy, 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

The Department for Social Development has announced that almost 5,000 people will have fees paid under the Landlord Registration Scheme refunded.  This refund comes about as a result in a change in policy.  Where previously all joint owners of a property were required to register and pay the associated fee, now the fee will only be paid by one person. 

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Private Tenancies, Landlord

In 2013, Northern Ireland followed the rest of the UK in introducing a statutory tenancy deposit scheme. The aim of the Scheme is to protect tenants’ deposits through an independent Scheme Provider.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord

The main elements of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the Act) came into force on 1st October 2015. The Act aims to make the laws on consumer protection clearer and easier to understand, saving consumers and businesses time and money.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies, Landlord, Legal

More than 20% of Northern Ireland households now live in private rented accommodation, according to the Northern Ireland Family Resources Survey.  Ten years ago, this figure stood at 10%.

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Research, Private Tenancies, Landlord

We’ve just published a new video guide for private landlords.  You can watch the video on our YouTube page or on our housingadviceNI website, which is funded by the NI Housing Executive.

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