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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

November 2019

Newly published statistics show 53% of the people who receive help with housing costs under Universal Credit rent privately. Of these, only 59% have the housing costs element paid directly to the landlord, despite the default position being that payments should be made directly to the landlord.

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Welfare Reform
 
Housing Rights’ annual Private Rented Sector Conference was held on Wednesday 20th November in the Skainos Centre. The PRS 2019 conference, which was sponsored by TDS NI, focused on raising standards in the private rented sector and the day was grouped into three sections:
  • Emerging Issues in the Sector
  • Current Challenges for Landlords & Tenants
  • Future Proofing the PRS

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Benefits, Brexit, Legislation, Outside NI, Regulation, Research, Social Tenancies, Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Policy

The “right to rent” is a policy in England that makes it criminal offence to rent a property to someone who doesn’t have permission to live in the UK. 

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Brexit, Landlord

The settlement scheme is the UK government’s way of protecting the rights of EU nationals who live in the UK after Great Britain and Northern Ireland leave the EU. EEA nationals should apply to this scheme to ensure their rights are protected after Brexit. 

Under the scheme, EEA nationals can be given either settled or pre-settled status. A person’s rights to access social services, such as housing assistance, will depend on their status.

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Brexit

Housing Rights will be keeping you up to date with the implications of Brexit on housing in Northern Ireland. Over the past number of weeks we have been working hard to develop resources for the public, housing practitioners, landlords and letting agents.

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Brexit

Lone parents in Northern Ireland are losing around £2,250 on average a year due to tax and welfare reforms, a new report from Human Rights Commission has found.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform