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During the summer, the Department for Finance ran a consultation into arrangements for rates collection in rented properties. A report has now been issued summarising the views of the various respondents and plotting a way forward for this issue.

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There are many day-to-day issues which can impact on a person's housing situation. One that may be less obvious to the eye is mental ill-health. Mental ill-health can affect almost every aspect of a person’s life, from their education and employment to their physical health and the quality of their relationships.

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Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies

Although a new HMO regime is imminent with the introduction of a new Houses in Multiple Occupation (NI) Act 2016, the current definition and requirement to register continue to apply.  Landlords need to ensure that they have complied with the current requirements and that their registration details are up to date.

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Housing Rights believes that everyone should have the right to live in a home which is safe and secure. Unfortunately, Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, experiences regular incidents of hate crime.

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Minority Groups, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Homelessness, Equality

Housing Rights, with support from TDS NI, will be holding it’s annual conference on private renting in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 23 November 2016, in East Belfast Network Centre.

This one-day conference will examine best practice for the private rented sector across the UK and Ireland.

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Research, Private Tenancies, Policy

Recent research reports by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Fabian Society have pointed to growing affordability concerns in the private rented sector, caused by changes and cuts to Housing Benefit.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Private Tenancies

The dedicated advisers on our housing helpline answer calls from the public from 09:30 until 14:30 Monday to Friday.  Recently, they’ve had quite a few calls from tenants who’ve been asked by a landlord to vacate their homes in a matter of days.  We’ve also spoken with a few people who have been evicted illegally and thought now might be a good opportunity to review the procedures that landlords must follow in order to regain possession of a property from a private tenant.

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Private Tenancies, Adviser

As students across NI get their “A” level results we've come up with some handy tips for anyone, and particularly for new students, who is planning on taking on a new rental tenancy. Many students heading off to college or university will choose to rent privately.  The sector has grown rapidly in recent years and now makes up for 17% of all households, nearly 130,000 homes in Northern Ireland. 

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Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies

Northern Ireland has seen home ownership fall from 73% at its peak in 2006, to 63% now. A think tank from the Resolution Foundation used data from the Office for National Statistics' Labour Force Survey (LFS) to look at home ownership in the UK. 

They found that Northern Ireland has seen the biggest fall in home ownership in the UK.

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Money Matters, Research, Private Tenancies, Affordability

Our adviser Severina recently helped a client claim a huge overpayment of rent back from an estate agent.  The client, Lesley, had overpaid her rent account by a sizeable amount during the three years she had lived in her private tenancy.  It can be difficult to reconcile the amount of rent owed with the amount of money paid towards rent.  For this reason, it’s vitally important that tenants keep accurate accounts of all payments they make and get and keep receipts for any cash payments made

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