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The Department for Communities is developing a new private tenancies bill for Northern Ireland. The bill aims to improve standards and enhance conditions for tenants living in the private rented sector.  

Last week department officials briefed the Committee for Communities on the progression of this new bill.  

Changes to deposit rules, notice periods and rent increases 

The bill proposes a number of changes. Of most significance are:re 

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Private Tenancies, Policy

Housing Rights welcomes the  Minister for Communities’ statement firmly opposing Home Office immigration measures, which allow deportation of people who need permission to be in the UK if they are sleeping rough. Minister Hargey denounced the policy as “...inhumane... devoid of compassion and fairness. 

Housing Rights are delighted to announce that we are participating in the Justice First Fellowship Scheme 2022.   

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Case law, Legal

A fixed-term tenancy offers private tenants extra protection. Usually, if a tenant has a fixed-term contract: 

  • the landlord can't increase the rent until the contract ends, and 
  • the landlord can only evict the tenant if they've breached the contract.  

Our adviser helped 2 tenants show that their fixed-term contracts were valid, despite the landlord not signing these.  

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