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Members attending Housing Rights Housing Advice Practitioners' Forum

Stephen Leonard, Neighbourhood Manager at Belfast City Council briefed members of the Housing Practitioners’ Forum on the new HMO regime, which comes into effect on 1st April 2019.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies

The High Court of Justice in England has ruled that the government's Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law and cannot be rolled out to Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland without further evaluation. 

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Private Tenancies, Case law, Legal

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February and paves the way for the banning of tenant fees from 1 June 2019. The Tenant Fees Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) argues that England should replace fixed-term assured shorthold tenancies with open-ended tenancies. It is argued that this measure, combined with restricting landlords to increasing rent only once a year and in line with consumer price inflation, will improve security for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS). 

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Outside NI, Private Tenancies

The Department for Communities has issued guidance to both tenants and landlords following a court judgment last summer which ruled that two letting agents must repay certain tenancy fees charged to a tenant. 

Departmental guidance

The Department issued the following guidance to tenants:

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Houses in Multiple Occupation subordinate regulations

Housing Rights has responded to the Department for Communities stakeholder communication regarding the new Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regime. The Department has set out draft subordinate regulations to support the new regime, which is scheduled to be introduced from 1 April 2019. Housing Rights welcomes the opportunity to comment upon the draft regulations and Code of Practice for Landlords, which provide clear guidance to Councils and landlords and which contain a range of progressive measures that should assist in enhancing standards within HMOs and protecting occupants within HMOs

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Private Tenancies, NI Assembly

A new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) makes the case for the need to reform the private rented sector (PRS). The report focusses on the PRS in England, but has implications for other regions of the UK.

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Outside NI, Research, Private Tenancies

Housing Rights has produced a new professional resource on the lawfulness of letting fees within the private rental sector.

Letting fees are additional charges for services included in the routine letting and management of properties. They affect both tenants and landlords in the private rental sector – a sector which is increasing in size on account of a shortage of social housing and barriers to home ownership.

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