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October 2016

Regulations have been passed to update welfare supplementary payments in Northern Ireland, in light of recent changes to the Benefit Cap.

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Welfare Reform

Our Community Housing Advice Partnership provides expert housing support to advisers working throughout Northern Ireland.  A recent case highlights how working in partnership with a housing specialist can help member agencies achieve the best outcome for clients.

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Practical tips, Adviser

There are many day-to-day issues which can impact on a person's housing situation. One that may be less obvious to the eye is mental ill-health. Mental ill-health can affect almost every aspect of a person’s life, from their education and employment to their physical health and the quality of their relationships.

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Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies

Carmel Ferguson, Solicitor with Housing Rights, analyses a recent decision from the Chancery Master which deals with a second charge lender’s rights to pursue possession proceedings in respect of a secured loan.

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Repossession, Case law, Legal

If you are pressed for time, but need to know about the changes that welfare reform will bring, our new, free online training will help you. 

Housing Rights Policy Officer, Stephen Orme, will take you through the basics of welfare reform.

The one hour training has four distinct parts.

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Practical tips, Welfare Reform

Social Housing

To ask the Minister for Communities to detail how many new builds are planned over the next five years, broken down by property size.  Mr Andy Allen, Ulster Unionist Party AQW 3276/16-21

Although a new HMO regime is imminent with the introduction of a new Houses in Multiple Occupation (NI) Act 2016, the current definition and requirement to register continue to apply.  Landlords need to ensure that they have complied with the current requirements and that their registration details are up to date.

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Private Tenancies

The Assembly has recently debated an Opposition motion on homelessness and housing supply in Northern Ireland.

Homelessness and housing 

The motion was brought to the Assembly by MLAs from the UUP and SDLP:

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Social Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

From 28 November, the existing Social Fund in Northern Ireland will be replaced by a service called Finance Support. This means that Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants, currently available from the Social Fund, will cease to be available from 27 November.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

New regulations have been passed which make several changes to the Benefit Cap in Northern Ireland. These Regulations come into effect on 7th November 2016. 

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Welfare Reform

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)  announced that it will consult on new guidance on the treatment of customers with mortgage arrears. This guidance covers potential compensation for mortgage customers who may have been affected by double billing. This is when a lender adds the arrears to the outstanding mortgage balance, without the borrowers’ consent.

Housing Rights believes that everyone should have the right to live in a home which is safe and secure. Unfortunately, Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, experiences regular incidents of hate crime.

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Minority Groups, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Homelessness, Equality

A judgment from the England and Wales Court of Appeal will be relevant to any social landlord wishing to recover possession of a dwelling due to a tenant’s alleged breach of tenancy conditions.  This judgment sets out guidance on:

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Repossession, Social Tenancies, Case law, Legal