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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

March 2019

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Many of the cases we feature on our website are the result of long investigations and complex work carried out by our casework team. But, we regularly turn around positive outcomes much more quickly for people who contact our daily housing helpline. In a recent example, Victoria used her knowledge of housing and consumer law to prevent homelessness for a young single mum who had been given notice to quit by her landlord.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Adviser

A number of statutory rules have been made by the Department for Communities in order to give effect to the new HMO regime coming into effect on 1 April 2019.  The Houses in Multiple Occupation (Commencement and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 brings any remaining provisions which were not previously enacted into force on 1 April 2019.  The commencement order also includes transitional provisions for properties already registered under the current registration scheme.

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Legislation, Private Tenancies

NatWest has ended its policy of refusing to lend to landlords who provide tenancies to people in receipt of social security benefits. The bank announced that this policy change followed an "extensive review" of its buy-to-let policies.

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Benefits, Private Tenancies, Equality

The Last Time Buyer: housing and finance for an aging society, a new report by Prof. Les Mayhew (Cass Business School) for the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation focuses on enabling older people to monetise the very substantial wealth that is trapped in the UK’s housing stock.

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Research, Affordability
Members attending Housing Rights Housing Advice Practitioners' Forum

Stephen Leonard, Neighbourhood Manager at Belfast City Council briefed members of the Housing Practitioners’ Forum on the new HMO regime, which comes into effect on 1st April 2019.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies

The well-being agenda has been growing in policy circles since the turn of the century and a new report by the Resolution Foundation looks at the regional differences in well-being across the UK as well as examining well-being scores across a number of different factors including income, employment and housing tenure.

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Research
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Our Housing Advice in Prisons services helps people in Maghaberry, Magilligan and Hydebank who are newly committed and those who are preparing for release to deal with their housing issues. One of the major issues that housing advisers who work in this service face at the moment is the way in which Universal Credit deals with the housing costs of prisoners.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Adviser
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The High Court of Justice in England has ruled that the government's Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law and cannot be rolled out to Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland without further evaluation. 

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Private Tenancies, Case law, Legal