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Private Tenancies

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The UK government has published plans to reform the private rented sector in England. These plans address major issues around housing quality, security and affordability. The reforms aim to make the sector a fairer place for people to live in. 

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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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Private renters can share their thoughts about rent control in a new survey.

Rent Control

Rent control limits how much a landlord can charge in rent. Controls can

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A guarantor is someone who has agreed to pay rent if the tenant falls into arrears. They are also usually responsible for any damage to the property caused by the tenant.

In the next few weeks students will begin signing up to tenancies in the private rented sector for the next academic year. Most will have to provide a guarantor. It’s important to understand what that involves before signing any agreement. 

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Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) will now focus on sustaining tenancies and preventing homelessness. This means the Housing Executive will pay people more in DHPs and pay these for longer.

We were part of a group who worked with the Housing Executive on a review of these payments. We're hopeful the change will give much needed help to renters in Northern Ireland.

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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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Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced changes to the Discretionary Housing Payments Scheme, offering greater support to private renters.

The scheme which is administered by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, provides top-up payments to private renters to help meet the shortfall between their rent and help with housing costs. 

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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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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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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.

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