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Housing Rights will be holding its annual conference on the future of private renting in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 17 November 2015 in Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

This one-day conference will open up debate on how to ensure the Northern Ireland private rented sector is fit for purpose.

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Back in 2013 the Department for Social Development (DSD) issued guidance (Memo 3/13) on allowing Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to be paid for an extra bedroom where a disabled child cannot share a bedroom with other children for medical reasons.

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At the end of June 2015 over 42,000 private landlords had registered with the NI landlord registration registrar.  These landlords have provided details of over 89,000 private tenancies.  Using information from the 2011 census, the Department for Social Development suggests that roughly 94% of landlords have complied with the requirement to register.

Private landlords who fail to register may face a fixed penalty of £500 or a fine of up to £2,500.

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A round up of housing related questions answered by the Minister for Social Development during June 2015

Eligibility for the Affordable Warmth Scheme

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether he plans to revise the guidelines for eligibility to the Affordable Warmth Scheme to exclude Disability Living Allowance as part of the income threshold. Mrs Dolores Kelly (SDLP - Upper Bann) AQW 47005/11-15

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Just like in Northern Ireland, the private rented sector in Scotland has grown in size over the last number of years. This is down to a number of factors including the reduction in the amount of social housing and financial difficulties faced by potential homeowners. The private rented sector is increasingly becoming the main housing option, willingly or not, for many people looking for a home.

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A local judge ordered an estate agent to return a tenant’s holding deposit once the agent decided not to proceed with the tenancy.  Housing Rights represented the tenant at small claims court.

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A round up of housing related questions to the Minister for Social Development during May 2015. 

More funding secured for support to homeowners in negative equity

To ask the Minister for Social Development, in light of the recommendations of the Mortgage Taskforce, what support will be offered to home owners who find themselves in negative equity. Mrs Dolores Kelly (SDLP - Upper Bann) AQW 45510/11-15    

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In a recent article, we explained how consumer protection law impacts on the practices of letting agents and landlords when advertising a property to let and creating a new tenancy.  The provisions of consumer protection law also extend to business practices when managing a property or organising for renewal or termination of a tenancy.

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The Competition and Markets Authority issued guidance last year to help letting professionals comply with consumer law.  The guidance is aimed at anyone who is managing a rental property, whether they are an agent, an accidental landlord or a landlord with a large property portfolio.

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