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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

August 2019

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New alternatives to traditional tenancy deposits are starting to raise eyebrows in Northern Ireland. These schemes seem attractive at first and appear to offer a more affordable route into renting privately. But, there are drawbacks, so it is important that anyone who is considering using a zero deposit scheme to rent privately gets advice on this option.

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Private Tenancies

The Inter-departmental Homelessness Action Plan (IDHAP) is a rolling plan that will evolve over the five years of the NIHE’s Homelessness Strategy. The Department for Communities (DfC) has recently published the Year 2 Action Plan.

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Homelessness

The Universal Credit (Managed Migration and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 were laid before Parliament on 23 July 2019. These regulations set out how the Department for Communities will move existing benefit claimants to Universal Credit under the managed migration process, scheduled to start sometime in 2020.

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Many of the problems which arise during a private tenancy are caused by a lack of awareness from both tenants and landlords about their respective rights and responsibilities. In a bid to make it easier to find information to help resolve common problems, we've developed a new online resource www.SmartRenter.org

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Housing Rights and the Chartered Institute of Housing are partnering to hold a joint conference looking at how to most effectively deliver affordable housing in Northern Ireland.

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Benefits, Legislation, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Homelessness