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February 2019

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February and paves the way for the banning of tenant fees from 1 June 2019. The Tenant Fees Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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Private Tenancies

Housing Rights has published a professional resource Help with housing costs: Accessing Discretionary Support & Financial Assistance, which is intended to promote increased uptake of existing forms of discretionary support.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Affordability
Screengrab from Karly Greene presentation on welfare reform in private rented sector NI

The Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee has called for views on how the welfare system works for people in rented housing. The Committee intends exploring how changes to the social security system are impacting on tenants and landlords.

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Benefits, Outside NI
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The most recent briefing from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Northern Ireland (TDS NI) shows that there has been a decline in the number of disputes over tenancy deposits in Northern Ireland, with disputes over deposits representing around 1% of deposits held.

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Private Tenancies

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) argues that England should replace fixed-term assured shorthold tenancies with open-ended tenancies. It is argued that this measure, combined with restricting landlords to increasing rent only once a year and in line with consumer price inflation, will improve security for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS). 

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Outside NI, Private Tenancies

Last year, our adviser Karen assisted Thomas, who had been given incorrect information about migrating to Universal Credit and was struggling to afford his rent as a result.

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Benefits, Practical tips, Adviser