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The Housing (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2020 received Royal Assent on 28 August 2020. This intention of this act is to reverse the effect of the Office of National Statistics decision to classify housing associations as public bodies. One of the most significant changes the act will have for tenants is the removal of the statutory right for secure housing association tenants to purchase their home.

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Housing Rights strongly welcomes Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín’s announcement of an extension to emergency measures designed to protect private tenants from eviction during the COVID-19 crisis.

An extended 12-week notice period must now be given in all cases where a private landlord wants a tenant to leave the property until at least 31 March 2021. The extended notice period was originally due to end on 30 September 2020.

This week the Housing (Amendment) Bill passed its final stage in the NI Assembly. In addition to other changes to the regulation of housing associations, the bill will end the compulsory house sales scheme for housing association tenants.

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Recent developments have necessitated a raft of new legislation impacting social security and housing issues. Some of the new statutory rules which are of most relevance to advisers are set out below

The Discretionary Support (Amendment No.2) (Covid 19) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

NISR 2020 67

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Housing Rights’ annual Private Rented Sector Conference was held on Wednesday 20th November in the Skainos Centre. The PRS 2019 conference, which was sponsored by TDS NI, focused on raising standards in the private rented sector and the day was grouped into three sections:
  • Emerging Issues in the Sector
  • Current Challenges for Landlords & Tenants
  • Future Proofing the PRS

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Housing Rights and the Chartered Institute of Housing are partnering to hold a joint conference looking at how to most effectively deliver affordable housing in Northern Ireland.

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The Work and Pensions Committee has recommended outlawing the practice of refusing to rent out property to people in receipt of benefits.

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A number of statutory rules have been made by the Department for Communities in order to give effect to the new HMO regime coming into effect on 1 April 2019.  The Houses in Multiple Occupation (Commencement and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 brings any remaining provisions which were not previously enacted into force on 1 April 2019.  The commencement order also includes transitional provisions for properties already registered under the current registration scheme.

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The Universal Credit and Jobseeker’s Allowance (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 were laid before Parliament on 5 November 2018. The most significant change brought about by these regulations is the removal of the restrictions on Universal Credit housing costs claims by job-seeking 18 to 21 year olds, a policy that was introduced despite much criticism in 2017.

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