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Northern Ireland will go to the ballot box on 5 May 2022 to vote on its new assembly. Parties have made a number of commitments around housing and homelessness.  

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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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Legislation, Regulation, Private Tenancies, Policy, NI Assembly, Adviser
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This week amendments were made to the Private Tenancies Bill. These changes should mean that the Bill passes the final stages needed to become law. The legislation will bring a number of improvements in the private rented sector including  

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Private Tenancies, NI Assembly

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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Benefits, Legislation, Welfare Reform, NI Assembly

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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Legislation, Policy, NI Assembly

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 response to Department for Communities consultation on notice to quit

We have responded to the Department for Communities consultation on notice to quit.

The Private Tenancies Bill extends the notice to quit period from 28 days to 8 weeks, for tenancies lasting longer than 12 months. The 12-week notice period for tenancies of more than 10 years will stay the same. The DfC’s consultation is to investigate whether 8 weeks is enough time for a tenant to find a suitable home.

Read our response.

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Legislation, Regulation, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

Housing Rights MLA bulletin Autumn 2021

As we move towards the last few months of this Assembly mandate, Housing Rights is setting out priority areas for housing informed by the experience of people using our advice services. We have identified a set of key policy asks necessary to deliver good-quality, affordable, sustainable homes for people across Northern Ireland over the course of the 2022 – 2027 mandate

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Housing Rights this morning gave evidence to the NI Assembly Communities Committee on the new Private Tenancies Bill.

The Bill contains 11 substantive clauses and three schedules which provide for a series of amendments to the Private Tenancies Order (Northern Ireland) 2006. Housing Rights has welcomed the Bill as an important first step in addressing the issues facing many private renters in Northern Ireland.

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Legislation, Regulation, Private Tenancies, Policy, NI Assembly

Leading housing advice charity, Housing Rights, has welcomed the extension of emergency measures which will ensure private renters continue to have enhanced protection against eviction during the period of COVID-19.

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