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The next meeting of the Housing Advice Practitioners’ Forum will be held on Tuesday 25th June at 2.30pm at Housing Rights.

This week, Housing Rights’ policy team had the opportunity to present at the All Party Group on Housing about the Cliff Edge NI Coalition and housing specific issues relevant to the planned end of the welfare mitigation package in March 2020. The Coalition, a broad group of over 70 organisations, has two key messages:

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Mitigation payments have really helped the people of Northern Ireland to deal with the financial stresses created by welfare reforms like the bedroom tax. These mitigations are shortly due to end, something that will cause pain and hardship for many. However, mitigation payments can and have been lost. Victoria, one of our advisers recently assisted a client facing eviction due to the loss of his mitigation payment.

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Housing Rights celebrated all the volunteers who help us tackle homelessness and housing problems with a night of ten pin bowling in Belfast.

The Tenant Fees Act bans most letting fees in England for new or renewed tenancy agreements entered into on or after 1 June 2019. The Act also places caps on a number of legitimate charges, including the amount that can be requested for a tenancy deposit and the amount that can be charged for amending a tenancy agreement.

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