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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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Legislation, Policy

We have used our client experience in this area to submit evidence to the inquiry. Our evidence shows the barriers people face:

  • accessing housing advice
  • accessing housing

Barriers to accessing housing advice

In 2017 & 2018 we ran a peer housing advice project for ethnic minority communities. We trained, supported and developed peer volunteers. The aim was for the volunteers to deliver housing advice within their own communities.

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Minority Groups, Policy

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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Legislation, Minority Groups, Policy

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

We've responded to the Department for Communities' consultation on intermediate rent.  

We know how important it is to address the shortage of housing in Northern Ireland. But any new housing product has to add to the net housing stock we currently have and must be truly affordable. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Affordability

Housing Rights response to intermediate rent consultation

We've responded to the Department for Communities' consultation on intermediate rent.

We know how important it is to address the shortage of housing in Northern Ireland.But any new housing product has to add to the net housing stock we currently have and must be truly affordable

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Affordability

A number of important housing consultations have recently opened. These are 

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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
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The Committee for Communities wants views on planned changes to private renting in Northern Ireland and has issued a call for evidence. You can respond as an individual or an organisation. You must respond by 29 October 2021. There are 42 questions, but you do not have to respond to all of these. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy

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