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The Private Tenancies Act (NI) 2022 received royal assent on 27 April 2022. 

The only immediate change this new legislation brings is to notice periods for private tenancies which change on 5 May 2022. 

New notice to quit periods from 4 May

From May 5 2022 landlords will have to give 

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Last week the Private Tenancies Bill passed its final stage and is waiting for royal assent. The only immediate change this will bring is to notice periods for private tenancies.

From May 5 2022 landlords will have to give

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The next Housing Advice Practitioners’ Forum will take place online on Wednesday, March 30. The webinar starts at 2:00 pm and will include a presentation from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Keeping our members updated on the latest information on housing legislation, policy and practice is an important aspect of Housing Rights' work.

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Over the past few weeks, the Northern Ireland Assembly passed legislation to protect over 40,000 households from social security cuts.  

Housing Rights has been pushing for this legislation for the last 3 years as co-convenors of the Cliff Edge Coalition. We're delighted to see 3 new pieces of legislation which ensure that: 

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Last year we responded to the Call for Evidence on the Housing Supply Strategy. We can see areas in the draft strategy which reflect some of our recommendations.

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Housing Rights’ response to the Department of Communities’ Draft Housing Supply Strategy

Last year Housing Rights submitted a response to the Call for Evidence on the Housing Supply Strategy.  We note areas in the draft strategy where our recommendations have been taken on board and we hope this response will help to further advance the development of this strategy.

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This week we issued a joint press release with our colleagues at the Chartered Institute of Housing NI, Homeless Connect, and the NI Federation of Housing Associations expressing concern that the political situation at Stormont will impact on both the Private Tenancies Bill and the welfare mitigations legislation.

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The Chartered Institute of Housing NI, Homeless Connect, Housing Rights and the NI Federation of Housing Associations have issued a joint statement expressing concern that the political situation at Stormont will impact on both the Private Tenancies Bill and the welfare mitigations legislation.

Housing Rights evidence to the NI Assembly Committee on the new Private Tenancies Bill

We have submitted evidence on the new Private Tenancies Bill.  Our written submission makes a number of points and proposals for amendments, and we wish to see a number of clauses strengthened.

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Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Inquiry into the experiences of ethnic minority and migrant people in NI

We have used our client experience to submit evidence to the inquiry into the experiences of ethnic minority and migrant people here in Northern Ireland, and our evidence demonstrates the barriers faced by people. 

Read out submission.

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