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Nicola McCrudden is the Policy & Communications Manager at Housing Rights Service. Below she describes her recent experiences of possession hearings at Laganside county court.

Sitting in Laganside county court, Belfast, on a Thursday morning listening to a stream of possession hearings made me confident of the need for a pre-action protocol for non payment of rent in social housing. 

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Repossession, Social Tenancies, Landlord, Legal

Here at Housing Rights Service we do a lot of work helping tenants who live in social housing deal with rent arrears and housing benefit problems.  There are so many different aspects to advising someone in this situation that I thought it might be helpful to look at some of the most important elements of a rent arrears case.

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Repossession, Social Tenancies, Affordability, Adviser

Since 1997, Ricky Rowledge has been Director of the Council for the Homeless (NI), the sole umbrella body representing homelessness agencies throughout NI. She currently sits on a number of policy and practice working groups including the Northern Ireland Homelessness Strategy Steering Group, and the Promoting Social Inclusion working group on homelessness.

Below she describes what she would ask for if granted three wishes by the Housing Genie.

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Housing Genie

Ricky Rowledge, Director of Council for the Homeless NI, gives her opinion on the future plans for supported living.

One of the dubious advantages of having worked for so long in a single specialism is seeing long unresolved issues raise their head again - and again.

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Homeless people are more likely to have their benefits sanctioned according to a report published by Homeless Link.

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Welfare Reform, Homelessness, Affordability