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Housing Rights Service believes the current housing fitness standard is unable to address the most common health and safety defects found in rented accommodation.

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Response to Review of Strategy Preventing Accidents in the Home

Housing Rights believes the current housing fitness standard is unable to address the most common health and safety defects found in rented accommodation. We have recently submitted evidence to the current DHSSPS review of its home accident prevention strategy. 

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Housing Rights Service is holding a conference on the future of private renting in Northern Ireland on Thursday 6 November 2014 in Riddell Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

This one-day conference will open up debate on how the Northern Ireland private rented sector can genuinely offer a more viable and attractive longer-term tenure option.

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Autumn is always a boom time for the private rented sector in Northern Ireland, often fuelled by the numbers of new students moving to university towns, like Belfast and Coleraine.  There are a number of myths out there that people might have heard about renting privately in Northern Ireland.   Here are some of the most common misconceptions.

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Earlier this year, Christopher McGrath, solicitor with Housing Rights Service, considered the increasing use of receivers and the impact on private tenants.

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Following the publication of the latest NI Housing Bulletin , Nicola McCrudden, Housing Rights Service Policy Manager, has digested the year end statistics and summarises her thoughts on the issue of supply and demand.

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Tenancy deposit protection schemes have been operating in Northern Ireland for just over a year.  The summer months in Northern Ireland are always a busy time for tenancy changeovers, particularly in college towns where large numbers of students live.  With this in mind, it’s important to understand how deposit protection works for joint tenants.

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Housing Right Service has launched a new video to help tenants make the most of living in the private rented sector. Entitled ‘The Key to Successful Renting’, it takes the form of a 3 minute video and is designed to help people find private rented accommodation and understand their rights.

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Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies

In a recent press release, the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has reiterated the importance of protecting private tenants’ deposits. The Minister highlighted that within the first year of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme operating over 18,500 tenancy deposits, totalling £10 million, have been protected.

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The Housing Executive has started writing to certain people on the social housing waiting list to tell them about privately rented housing that is available in their areas.

Smartmove Housing will manage these private tenancies.  Smartmove will provide initial support to new tenants and will make referrals to other agencies for tenants who need additional support to help manage and sustain their tenancy.

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