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Paddy Gray Professor of Housing, Ulster University will be chairing Housing Rights upcoming conference Fit for the Future? Private Renting Conference 2015. Below, Paddy outlines why now, more than ever, change is needed in the private rented sector.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies, Policy

Back in 2012 the Department for Social Development undertook a fundamental review of the regulation of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which Housing Rights responded to at the time.

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Fitness, Regulation, Private Tenancies, Landlord, NI Assembly

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has released a report on its assessment of the new requirement for landlords to establish whether tenants have a “right to rent” in the UK before granting a tenancy. The report is highly critical of the pilot scheme; JCVI’s evaluation uncovered a number of worrying direct and indirect impacts of these checks on both tenants and landlords.

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Minority Groups, Research, Private Tenancies, Landlord

There are a number of schemes available to help people who are living with fuel poverty.  It’s important to apply quickly if you are interested in these schemes as the funding can run out quite quickly if there are large demands on the grants.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Affordability

A guarantor is someone who has agreed to be responsible for the tenant’s obligations as determined by the tenancy agreement.  In Northern Ireland, guarantors were traditionally sought for student tenancies, but this practice seems to be becoming prevalent across the wider private rented market.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Landlord

As the new university term approaches, Ursula Toner takes a look at student eligibility for housing benefit.  

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Affordability

At Housing Rights, we hear from lots of tenants who have all kinds of understandable reasons for leaving a property before the contract ends.  These range from students who’ve had to leave university unexpectedly, to people who have become ill and for whom a property is no longer suitable, to families who are living in substandard properties and whose requests for repairs go unheeded by the landlord

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips

As students across NI get their “A” level results, local charity Housing Rights has come up with handy tips and a short video for anyone thinking about renting privately.

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. 

Jim Fraser from Trading Standards considers the need for letting agents to provide important information about protecting deposits to tenants from a consumer rights perspective.

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Private Tenancies, Landlord

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