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Carmel Ferguson, Solicitor with Housing Rights Service discusses the possibility of using estoppel as a defence in possession proceedings. 

A recent query on our advice line raised the question of whether the principle of estoppel could be used as a defence to certain possession proceedings in the private sector.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Legal

A little piece of history was made last week when, for the first time, MLAs heard directly from private tenants about their experiences of living in the private rented sector. The meeting followed on from the Committee for Social Development’s attendance at Housing Rights Service where they conducted their normal weekly business meeting.

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Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies, NI Assembly

The Department for Social Development has published the Northern Ireland Housing Statistics for 2013/14. These can be downloaded from the DSD website.

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Research, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Homelessness, Affordability

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector has published a report, funded by the Residential Landlords Association, which recommends a full review into the operation of the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR).  

Limitations of shared housing

The report contains a number of interesting findings;

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Benefits, Outside NI, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a range of measures to reform its private tenancy system.  The consultation exercise has been driven by recent changes to the private rented sector in Scotland, where this tenure now accounts for more than 330,000 households.  Since 1999, there has been an increase in the amount of private accommodation rented to families and to those seeking a long term home. 

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Outside NI, Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord

Join us from 11.30 until 13.30 on Thursday 2nd October as we run our first ever online advice clinic.

The clinic will focus on issues facing private tenants, so if you’ve got a query about deposits, rent, repairs or housing benefit you can get in touch to find out the answer.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips

The British Labour Party has released details of plans to reform the English private rented sector in the event of it forming the next government after the General Election in May 2015.  The commitments include longer tenancies, greater security of tenure, more predictable rents, better regulation, proper enforcement of safety and decency standards and the compulsory licensing of all letting agents.

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Outside NI, Private Tenancies

Anyone involved in letting property in England, Scotland or Wales must sign up to one of three approved redress schemes by 1 October.  Agents who fail to sign up to an approved scheme face a fine of £5,000.

Redress in Northern Ireland

This law does not apply to letting agents operating in Northern Ireland.

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Private Tenancies, Landlord

There have been a few promising announcements recently that aim to improve conditions in the Private Rented Sector

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Private Tenancies

Private landlords in the East Midlands will face fines of £3,000 if they fail to check their tenants immigration status and ensure they have the right to rent in the UK.

The first phase of this scheme will be launched on the 1st of December and will run in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Landlords in these places will be required to check the immigration status of adults entering a new tenancy.

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Minority Groups, Private Tenancies, Landlord


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