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Last week residents of apartments in Victoria Square were told to leave their homes due to safety concerns within the complex following serious structural issues uncovered earlier in the year.

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A new system for licensing and managing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) came into effect on 1 April 2019. The main changes are

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Regulation, Private Tenancies
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Many of the cases we feature on our website are the result of long investigations and complex work carried out by our casework team. But, we regularly turn around positive outcomes much more quickly for people who contact our daily housing helpline. In a recent example, Victoria used her knowledge of housing and consumer law to prevent homelessness for a young single mum who had been given notice to quit by her landlord.

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A number of statutory rules have been made by the Department for Communities in order to give effect to the new HMO regime coming into effect on 1 April 2019.  The Houses in Multiple Occupation (Commencement and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 brings any remaining provisions which were not previously enacted into force on 1 April 2019.  The commencement order also includes transitional provisions for properties already registered under the current registration scheme.

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Legislation, Private Tenancies

NatWest has ended its policy of refusing to lend to landlords who provide tenancies to people in receipt of social security benefits. The bank announced that this policy change followed an "extensive review" of its buy-to-let policies.

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Benefits, Private Tenancies, Equality
Members attending Housing Rights Housing Advice Practitioners' Forum

Stephen Leonard, Neighbourhood Manager at Belfast City Council briefed members of the Housing Practitioners’ Forum on the new HMO regime, which comes into effect on 1st April 2019.

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The High Court of Justice in England has ruled that the government's Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law and cannot be rolled out to Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland without further evaluation. 

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Private Tenancies, Case law, Legal

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February and paves the way for the banning of tenant fees from 1 June 2019. The Tenant Fees Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) argues that England should replace fixed-term assured shorthold tenancies with open-ended tenancies. It is argued that this measure, combined with restricting landlords to increasing rent only once a year and in line with consumer price inflation, will improve security for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS). 

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Outside NI, Private Tenancies

The Department for Communities has issued guidance to both tenants and landlords following a court judgment last summer which ruled that two letting agents must repay certain tenancy fees charged to a tenant. 

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The Department issued the following guidance to tenants:

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