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Housing Rights’ Antisocial Behaviour course will run for a second time on 2 December 2015. The first took place on the 9th September in Belfast. The sold out course was a huge success with participants.

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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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Domestic violence accounts for approximately one-fifth of all recorded violent crime in Northern Ireland. Whatever form it takes, domestic violence and abuse is rarely a one off incident, it is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour which tends to escalate over time. It often continues after the couple have separated. The following statistics show the serious extent of the problem in Northern Ireland. 

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A Supreme Court case, Haile v London Borough of Waltham [2015] UKSC 34, decided that Housing Officers should not base decisions on intentionality on the applicant’s circumstances at the time they became homeless.

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Homelessness, Legal

Certain decisions made by the Housing Executive can be reviewed by following a procedure laid out in the Housing Amendment Act (NI) 2011.  These include decisions on whether or not someone is a Full Duty Applicant and on whether the accommodation offered to a homeless person is reasonable.

The applicant also has a right to appeal to the county court if the review is unsuccessful, but they can only appeal on a point of law.

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Solicitor Chris McGrath discusses some recent Housing Rights cases where victims of domestic violence and intimidation have been required to fulfil the requirements of the introductory tenancy scheme despite being long standing secure tenants.

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Social Tenancies, NI Assembly, Legal

The terms of the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 placed a legal duty on the Executive Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly “to adopt a strategy setting out how it proposed to tackle poverty, social exclusion and patterns of deprivation based on objective need

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Carmel Ferguson, solicitor with Housing Rights, looks at a UK Court of Appeal cases which considered whether the value of a care facility resident's home could be disregarded if the resident's child intended to return to live in it at a later date.

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Case law, Legal

In a recent High Court case, Fernhill Properties v McCambridge [2015] NICh 9, the court decided that a purchaser of an apartment was not entitled to withdraw from the contract because the vendor had subsequently sold other apartments in the block to a housing association.

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A local judge ordered an estate agent to return a tenant’s holding deposit once the agent decided not to proceed with the tenancy.  Housing Rights represented the tenant at small claims court.

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