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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland


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.

Bank of Scotland held to account over bad practice with customers’ mortgage arrears.

A group of Bank of Scotland mortgage holders have won their High Court Case in Belfast over a problem relating to how the lender was dealing with their mortgage arrears. All three customers were facing possession action at the time and were represented by Northern Ireland advice charity, Housing Rights Service.

As students across NI get their “A” level results, local charity Housing Rights Service 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. 

Local charity Housing Right Service is launching a new video for anyone thinking about renting privately at the Welcome Organisation in Belfast today.

Belfast’s new Lord Mayor has joined local charity Housing Rights Service (HRS) as they celebrate 50 years of service by launching a vision of a Northern Ireland where everyone has a home.

The charity, which was established in Belfast in 1964, works to improve lives by tackling homelessness and housing problems.  It operates a daily advice service across Northern Ireland to help people get to grips with their housing problems.  Last year HRS helped people deal with over 40,000 housing problems. That represents an increase of nearly 400% compared to the previous decade.

As the latest NI Court Service statistics show a 6% increase in possession orders made, local advice charity Housing Rights Service (HRS) has expressed concern about the impact interest rate rises could have on households who are already struggling.

Dealing with poor housing, homelessness, rent arrears and mortgage debt causes huge levels of stress and people often don’t know where to turn for help.   With over 40,000 people on the waiting list, it’s important to be informed about housing options and rights.

Local charity, Housing Rights Service has just redeveloped its online resource www.housingadviceNI.org to ensure people in Northern Ireland have round the clock access to advice and information on their housing problems.

On the day when the Northern Ireland Court Service released the latest NI repossession figures, local advice charity Housing Rights Service (HRS) has welcomed the establishment of a Repossession Task Force looking at this problem. The Taskforce met for the first time last week and is due to produce a report detailing the extent and nature of the repossession and negative equity problem by the end of June 2014. HRS is represented on the group.

Housing Rights Service (HRS) is urging people who are worried about paying the rent or mortgage this month to contact them for advice.  The local advice charity is also encouraging people to attend upcoming court hearings for possession, as it could mean the difference between keeping or losing the home.

Housing in Northern Ireland is about to see the biggest change since the formation of the Housing Executive in 1971. In January the Minister for Social Development announced proposals to reform the way social housing is delivered. Nelson McCausland’s vision is to create “Housing structures that support the provision of social and affordable homes, in thriving communities where people are proud to live”.

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 could be done to prevent homelessness occurring in the first place. The charity is highlighting the issue as part of Homelessness Awareness Week.