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Effective advice for private renters should incorporate early intervention, self-help tools, partnership working and online services.

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The UK think tank Resolution Foundation has produced a number of essential reports on the Covid-19 crisis over the past 9 months, including the most recent report focused on the necessity of reforming Statutory Sick Pay to support the Covid-19 recovery phase.

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new report on destitution in the UK from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) finds a steep rise in the number of individuals and households experiencing destitution since 2017.  Belfast was one of 18 areas in which research to inform the report was carried out.

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The ‘Perfect Storm’: The impact of Covid-19 on private renters

A new report on the impact of Covid-19 on private renters in Northern Ireland, shows that those living in the private rented sector have been disproportionately affected, caught in the ‘perfect storm’ of low incomes (often as a result of job losses, furlough or reduced hours), job insecurity and tenure insecurity. In part this may be due to the increasing proportion of low income households in the private rented sector, and as such a policy change in favour of social and affordable housing will be key to a post Covid-19 recovery. The research has also shown that the support that many households received has been immensely helpful, but it has also shown us that it is important to remember that we may all be in the same storm, but we are definitely not in the same boat.

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Coronavirus, Legislation, Regulation, Research, Private Tenancies, Policy

A new report on the impact of Covid-19 on private renters in Northern Ireland is launched today. The research uses evidence from case records relating to clients who contacted Housing Rights during the period March-June 2020 and shows that those living in the private rented sector have been disproportionately affected, caught in the ‘perfect storm’ of low incomes (often as a result of job losses, furlough or reduced hours), job insecurity and tenure insecurity.

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In October, The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) released key findings from their Private Landlords’ Survey. The survey highlighted the increasing importance of the Private Rented Sector (PRS), which has been the second largest housing tenure in NI since 2009 and continues to grow. The survey looked at:

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Two new reports have been published by the Affordable Housing Commission: Making Housing Affordable After Covid-19 and A National Housing Conversion Fund: buying properties to boo

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Illustration of low income households to accompany report

Our latest research looks at the barriers facing low-income households who want to live in the private rented sector (PRS). The research aims to provide a better understanding of the needs of this group and to assess best practice initiatives which work elsewhere.

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The Frontline Network, a group representing frontline workers who support people experiencing homelessness and established by the St Martin-in-the-Fields charity, has published the results of its most recent survey of frontline staff. The survey was completed by frontline staff across the UK and included over 40 responses from Northern Ireland.

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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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Minority Groups, Research, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Equality

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