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Back in 2012 the Department for Social Development undertook a fundamental review of the regulation of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which Housing Rights responded to at the time.

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Fitness, Regulation, Private Tenancies, Landlord, NI Assembly

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has released a report on its assessment of the new requirement for landlords to establish whether tenants have a “right to rent” in the UK before granting a tenancy. The report is highly critical of the pilot scheme; JCVI’s evaluation uncovered a number of worrying direct and indirect impacts of these checks on both tenants and landlords.

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Minority Groups, Research, Private Tenancies, Landlord

A guarantor is someone who has agreed to be responsible for the tenant’s obligations as determined by the tenancy agreement.  In Northern Ireland, guarantors were traditionally sought for student tenancies, but this practice seems to be becoming prevalent across the wider private rented market.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Landlord

Jim Fraser from Trading Standards considers the need for letting agents to provide important information about protecting deposits to tenants from a consumer rights perspective.

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Private Tenancies, Landlord

Under the current tax allowance system landlords and companies involved in letting furnished property can claim tax relief equal to 10% of the rent received to cover wear and tear.  Landlords can claim this relief whether or not any expense was incurred.  Only landlords letting fully furnished properties can apply for this relief. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a change to this system in the summer 2015 budget.

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At the end of June 2015 over 42,000 private landlords had registered with the NI landlord registration registrar.  These landlords have provided details of over 89,000 private tenancies.  Using information from the 2011 census, the Department for Social Development suggests that roughly 94% of landlords have complied with the requirement to register.

Private landlords who fail to register may face a fixed penalty of £500 or a fine of up to £2,500.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies, Landlord

Yesterday's Queen's speech detailed the new Conservative majority government's proposed legislative programme for parliament.  The speech referred to a number of significant changes which will impact on housing and welfare law, policy and practice.

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Benefits, Minority Groups, Welfare Reform, Policy, Landlord

In a recent article, we explained how consumer protection law impacts on the practices of letting agents and landlords when advertising a property to let and creating a new tenancy.  The provisions of consumer protection law also extend to business practices when managing a property or organising for renewal or termination of a tenancy.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies, Landlord

The Competition and Markets Authority issued guidance last year to help letting professionals comply with consumer law.  The guidance is aimed at anyone who is managing a rental property, whether they are an agent, an accidental landlord or a landlord with a large property portfolio.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Landlord

Carmel Ferguson, Solicitor with Housing Rights Service, casts her eye over a recent Chancery case, Saverese v Fraser Homes Ltd 2014 [2015] NICh 2, where a tenant of a commercial lease took action against his landlord for

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