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New legislation comes into force on 5th May 2014 which changes the required notice that must be given when the Housing Executive or a Registered Housing Association is seeking to evict a secure tenant.

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In today’s economic climate, affordability can be a common reason for persons presenting as homeless. Many private rented tenants are finding it increasingly difficult to find enough money to cover their housing costs; even with the help of Local Housing Allowance.

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New regulations came into force on 1 April 2014 limiting an EEA national’s right to access Housing Benefit (HB) (1).  The implementation of the Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations (NI) 2014 follows a number of government measures to limit access to means-tested benefits for nationals of EEA countries, including limiting access to income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA(IB)) only to EEA migrants who

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There’s a huge thirst for information about the bedroom tax and its possible impact here, as evidenced by our sold out briefing session last month.  At the session, we looked at some of the key arguments against this policy that have been heard by tribunals in Great Britain.  These cases will be of great interest to housing and welfare professionals.

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In a long awaited development private landlords in Northern Ireland are now required to provide information about themselves and their properties.

From 25th February, every private landlord in Northern Ireland must register with the Landlord Registration Scheme and provide this information - elements of which is available on government website NI Direct

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We've seen increasing numbers of tenants contact us because a Receiver has been appointed to manage the property they rent.   Chris McGrath, Solicitor for Housing Rights Service, reports on the legal standing of tenants who find themselves in this position. 

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A mother and daughter, who had been intimidated from their home, will now be able to sell their property under the SPED scheme thanks to a Court of Appeal decision made last week.

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The Larne Times recently reported on a private landlord who was fined £1,650 for failing to protect a tenant’s deposit.

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In the case of Roberts v Bank of Scotland PLC [2013] EWCA Civ 882, the UK Court of Appeal upheld an award of damages against the Royal Bank of Scotland for harassment.

The case was brought as a civil claim under section 1 (1) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, which provides:
“A person must not pursue a course of conduct (a) which amounts to harassment of another and (b) which he knows or ought to know amounts to harassment of another”.

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