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Housing Rights held its annual conference on the private rented sector on the 25 November 2020. TDSNI sponsored this year’s conference, with support from PropertyPal and 

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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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Coronavirus, Legislation, Regulation, Research, Private Tenancies, Policy

A new report on the impact of Covid-19 on private renters in Northern Ireland is launched today. The research uses evidence from case records relating to clients who contacted Housing Rights during the period March-June 2020 and 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.

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Coronavirus, Legislation, Regulation, Research, Private Tenancies, Affordability

In October, The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) released key findings from their Private Landlords’ Survey. The survey highlighted the increasing importance of the Private Rented Sector (PRS), which has been the second largest housing tenure in NI since 2009 and continues to grow. The survey looked at:

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Minister Carál Ní Chuilín outlined her plans for housing in Northern Ireland in the Northern Ireland Assembly on 4 November. The statement was described by Assembly colleagues as visionary, radical and ambitious.

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Preventing Homelessness and Sustaining Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector: Scoping Project

A scoping project to inform innovation in future service delivery around accessing and sustaining tenancies in the private rented sector by understanding the practical support needs of low income private tenants.

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Illustration of low income households to accompany report

Our latest research looks at the barriers facing low-income households who want to live in the private rented sector (PRS). The research aims to provide a better understanding of the needs of this group and to assess best practice initiatives which work elsewhere.

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With the assistance of Shelter, another person has successfully challenged a letting agent who discriminated against tenants in receipt of benefits. 

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Private Tenancies, Case law, Legal

Housing Rights Mediation Service for private renters and landlords has continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has helped private rented sector landlords and tenants resolve some of the difficult disputes that have arisen as a consequence of this unprecedented situation. 

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