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Autumn is always a boom time for the private rented sector in Northern Ireland, often fuelled by the numbers of new students moving to university towns, like Belfast and Coleraine.  There are a number of myths out there that people might have heard about renting privately in Northern Ireland.   Here are some of the most common misconceptions.

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The mere mention of court can often scare a client and Small Claims Court is no exception.  While going to court is worrying to clients, it can also strike fear into the heart of an inexperienced adviser.  Small Claims Court is supposed to be a simpler form of court procedure that is quick and easy to use, but it’s still important that advisers are aware of the formalities that need to observed.

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Housing Rights Service is currently holding a number of roadshows  with other advice agencies across Northern Ireland.  These are part of our Community Housing Advice Partnership (CHAP), which ensures that everyone has access to comprehensive housing advice

The roadshows are absolutely free and provide you with a great round up of the latest developments in housing in Northern Ireland.

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The importance of carrying out a good homelessness review on behalf of clients cannot be stressed enough. A successful review can be of tremendous importance for the future housing status of clients, often resulting in an allocation of social housing.

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Over the last few months there has been a noticeable increase in the number of hate crime attacks reported in the local media. These attacks are primarily targeted at the homes of people from minority ethnic groups.

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The Utility Regulator has just released details of the latest energy efficiency grants available as part of the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme.

These schemes are advertised at the beginning of each financial year.  As funding is limited, anyone interested in applying for this financial assistance should start the process as quickly as possible.

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Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed changes to our other website housingadviceNI.  This site, which had over 650,000 users in the last year and is funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, is a brilliant source of practical information on housing and homelessness in Northern Ireland.

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Caoimhe works for Housing Rights Service. She is the Housing Advice Development Worker at Hydebank Wood Prison and Young Offenders Centre (YOC). Her work sees her trying to find housing solutions for young male inmates aged 18-21 years old and adult female prisoners.

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We've seen increasing numbers of tenants contact us because a Receiver has been appointed to manage the property they rent.   Chris McGrath, Solicitor for Housing Rights Service, reports on the legal standing of tenants who find themselves in this position. 

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