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When everyone has a home

Housing and debt helpline for Northern Ireland – 028 9024 5640


Housing Rights works to achieve positive change by promoting and protecting the rights of people in housing need.  We work to make sure that the voices of the people we help are heard and their problems are reported. 

We are happy to provide spokespersons who can comment on a range of housing issues such as:

  • Welfare reform and housing
  • Finding accommodation
  • Homelessness
  • Repossession
  • Rights when renting privately
  • Housing conditions

If you would like information, comment, or would like to speak to one of our spokespeople email us at pressofficer@housingrights.org.uk  or telephone 02890 245640.

Press releases

Below you'll find some of our recent press releases explaining the difficulties people in Northern Ireland face when trying to find or keep a suitable home.

Local charity Housing Rights is urging people who are worried about paying their mortgage or rent following Christmas to contact them for free advice

Catherine Feely, Advice Services Manager with Housing Rights, commented:

“We know that many people in Northern Ireland are struggling with debt worries after Christmas and may be worried about paying their rent or mortgage. We want to let them know that free advice and assistance is available and the earlier they seek help the more options are available.”

In 2014, Housing Rights represented borrowers in a successful high court case that challenged the practice of payment of arrears being automatically included in the mortgage installment, without borrowers knowledge or consent.

Today, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that this practice is likely to be in breach of its rules. It is to consult on new guidance on how lenders deal with clients in arrears with their mortgage. The guidance will cover remedies for customers who may have been negatively impacted by how their lender has dealt with arrears in the past.

NI Court figures for January to March show an increase in the numbers of repossession cases.[1]  Local charity, Housing Rights, is urging those struggling with their mortgage to get free independent advice as early as possible.

Local charity Housing Rights is warning that changes to how long people must wait to get help with their housing costs will put homes at risk. It is urging anyone who is worried about their mortgage and who could be impacted by these changes to get free independent advice as early as possible.

Janet Hunter, Director of local charity Housing Rights, has been awarded an OBE for her services to the community in the New Year’s Honours list.

Janet has been the Director of Housing Rights since 1994.  The charity provides advice, advocacy and representation services to people who are homeless or in housing need throughout Northern Ireland.

With Homelessness Awareness Week 2015 in full swing, local charity Housing Rights is urging people not to put off dealing with mortgage debt and to get free independent advice as early as possible.

As students across NI get their “A” level results, local charity Housing Rights has come up with handy tips and a short video for anyone thinking about renting privately.

Many students heading off to College or University will choose to rent privately.  The sector has grown rapidly in recent years and now makes up for 17% of all households, nearly 130,000 homes in Northern Ireland. 

In today’s difficult economic climate many local households continue to struggle with debt.  Local charity Housing Rights is urging people not to put off dealing with mortgage debt and to get free independent advice as early as possible.

That is the key message of a new promotional campaign launched today by Housing Rights with the help of Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA.

Janet Hunter, Director with Housing Rights said:

Local charity Housing Rights Service (HRS) is urging people not to forget about paying their mortgage or rent over the Christmas period.

Ursula Toner, Advice Services Manager with HRS, said: “Everybody wants to ensure their family has a great Christmas and it’s so easy to overspend.  Paying your rent or mortgage should always be a priority; no one wants to start the New Year faced with losing their home.”

People who become homeless are facing major problems finding affordable rented accommodation due to housing shortages. Local advice charity Housing Rights Service (HRS) set up almost 50 years ago, says more help is needed to prevent homelessness occurring in the first place. The charity is highlighting the issue as part of Homelessness Awareness Week.

Most people who contact HRS for assistance are either homeless or at risk of losing their home.

Ursula Toner, Advice Services Manager with HRS said: