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The Department for Communities is developing a new private tenancies bill for Northern Ireland. The bill aims to improve standards and enhance conditions for tenants living in the private rented sector.  

Last week department officials briefed the Committee for Communities on the progression of this new bill.  

Changes to deposit rules, notice periods and rent increases 

The bill proposes a number of changes. Of most significance are:re 

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Housing Rights response to the Housing Supply Strategy call for evidence

Housing Rights welcomes the development of this strategy and are pleased to contribute to the Call for Evidence. In our view the impact of this strategy could be more fully delivered if the title of the strategy was more representative of the strategy’s proposed objectives. “Housing Supply” is a technical term which is directly relevant to the first proposed objective. A broader title may more fully encompass the breadth of objectives in the strategy. Housing Rights notes the adoption in the easy read version of this document of the title “A plan for housing for people in NI” and would readily support the adoption of these sentiments in the main strategy title.

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The Communities Minister has called for evidence to inform a new housing supply strategy. 

Minister Hargey describes the strategy as an essential part of the Department’s “ambitious and radical shake-up of housing”.  

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Housing Rights response to Programme for Government Draft Outcomes Framework

Housing Rights is supportive of the broad ethos of the Draft Outcomes Framework in that the focus is on outcomes, achieved by cross departmental working. A high-level government commitment to policy design and delivery which is outcomes based is welcome. Housing Rights welcomes the Executive’s Office intention that “the new Programme for Government (PfG) will bring a new focus to deliver lasting, real and positive change in people’s lives.” However, Housing Rights believes that due to the lack of a specific housing outcome, the draft framework will fail to deliver lasting, real and positive change for those who need it most.

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Four leading housing organisations, including Housing Rights,  have approached the joint heads of government to discuss the housing crisis in Northern Ireland and relay sectoral concerns regarding the absence of a specific housing outcome in the draft Programme for Government.

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In January 2021, the Department of Finance published their draft budget. The document sets out the Northern Ireland Executive’s proposed spending plans for the one year period from 1 April 2021 to March 2022. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

The ‘Perfect Storm’: The impact of Covid-19 on private renters

A new report on the impact of Covid-19 on private renters in Northern Ireland, shows that those living in the private rented sector have been disproportionately affected, caught in the ‘perfect storm’ of low incomes (often as a result of job losses, furlough or reduced hours), job insecurity and tenure insecurity. In part this may be due to the increasing proportion of low income households in the private rented sector, and as such a policy change in favour of social and affordable housing will be key to a post Covid-19 recovery. The research has also shown that the support that many households received has been immensely helpful, but it has also shown us that it is important to remember that we may all be in the same storm, but we are definitely not in the same boat.

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