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Royal Assent has now been received for the controversial Immigration Act 2014. The Act contains 77 clauses that fundamentally change key elements of the immigration system in order to make it more difficult for migrants to enter and stay in the UK illegally.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Findings  published recently revealed that household incomes, poverty rates and the labour market have all worsened in Northern Ireland (NI) in the last five years. In each case, this deterioration has been greater than in Britain.  NI also has a higher poverty rate than the rest of Ireland. Before housing costs, 21% of people in NI were in poverty in 2011 compared with 15% in the Republic of Ireland.

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A safety lobby group is urging the government to introduce mandatory five-yearly safety checks of electrical installations and appliances in the private rented sector (PRS). Electrical Safety First (ESF) – the charity formerly known as the Electrical Safety Council - believes a UK wide requirement for such safety checks in all private rented homes would reduce confusion around best practice and provide a degree of parity with gas safety, which landlords must check every year.

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In the course of a normal week, advisers at Housing Rights Service speak with about 150 callers who are experiencing some kind of housing problem.  Often these people are ringing out of frustration because they are having serious difficulties getting repairs done or they’re hugely disappointed with the standard of work that’s been done in their homes.

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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has just published a discussion paper on how to improve the condition of properties in the private rented sector (PRS) in England. Although this review does not extend to Northern Ireland, it nevertheless provides some food for thought on how we can raise local standards in private rental accommodation.

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In a long awaited development private landlords in Northern Ireland are now required to provide information about themselves and their properties.

From 25th February, every private landlord in Northern Ireland must register with the Landlord Registration Scheme and provide this information - elements of which is available on government website NI Direct

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We've seen increasing numbers of tenants contact us because a Receiver has been appointed to manage the property they rent.   Chris McGrath, Solicitor for Housing Rights Service, reports on the legal standing of tenants who find themselves in this position. 

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Homelessness legislation in Northern Ireland was originally designed to provide housing to homeless people in the social rented sector. However, the supply of social housing has decreased whilst its demand has increased. Consequently, there is now severe pressure on the available social rented housing in many parts of Northern Ireland.

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The Department for Social Development has released the latest housing statistics for Northern Ireland.  Policy Manager Nicola McCrudden looks at the numbers and the people behind them.

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The Larne Times recently reported on a private landlord who was fined £1,650 for failing to protect a tenant’s deposit.

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