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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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BBC News NI reported last week on system failures within Universal Credit that have left some local tenants in rent arrears.  We’d encourage anyone who has fallen behind on their housing payments to get advice urgently, regardless of the reasons for missed payments. 

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform
Drawing of notice to quit

The Minister for Communities has announced that private landlords will continue to have to serve longer notice periods until 31 March 2021. As a result of emergency legislation, introduced in response to the COVID-19 crisis, private landlord is required to issue 12 weeks notice to quit in all cases if they wish to end a tenancy.

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Housing Rights strongly welcomes Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín’s announcement of an extension to emergency measures designed to protect private tenants from eviction during the COVID-19 crisis.

An extended 12-week notice period must now be given in all cases where a private landlord wants a tenant to leave the property until at least 31 March 2021. The extended notice period was originally due to end on 30 September 2020.

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is undertaking a 12-week period external consultation on their draft Irish Traveller Accommodation Strategy 2020-2025.

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Shelter successfully assisted a client to challenge a letting agent’s refusal to allow her to view a property because the agent did not accept tenants in receipt of housing benefit. So-called “No DSS” policies have never been successfully challenged in court before as the defendants generally settle, with a number of such settlements receiving media attention earlier this year.

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Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is pictured with Housing Mediator Faith Westwood and Mediation Manager Laura Coulter

The Housing Mediation Service operated by local charity Housing Rights and funded by the Department for Communities, offers tenants and landlords in the private rented sector a new way of finding agreements that are sustainable and satisfactory for both parties.

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The Housing Mediation Service operated by local charity Housing Rights and funded by the Department for Communities, offers tenants and landlords in the private rented sector a new way of finding agreements that are sustainable and satisfactory for both parties.

The Department for Communities is conducting some research into how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting on both landlords and tenants who live and work in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland. To assist with this the Department is seeking as much feedback as possible. 

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