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When everyone has a home

028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

June 2020

The Department for Communities has issued a number of pieces of guidance relating to housing and the housing market during the COVID-19 crisis. These include

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Coronavirus, Social Tenancies

The Department for Communities has written to the Cliff Edge Coalition to confirm that existing mitigation payments will continue until 30 September 2020 and that a draft Bill to provide for mitigation payments for people affected by the Bedroom Tax has been shared with the Executive.

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Welfare Reform

The Work and Pensions Committee at Westminster published a report into the Department for Work of Pensions' response to the coronavirus outbreak earlier this week.

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Coronavirus, Outside NI

Our Housing Champions project is a vital element of our work with vulnerable communities. Through this project, we have established links with advisers in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who help us to advise clients within their communities and signpost people who may not otherwise contact Housing Rights to us for advice and assistance with homelessness and housing issues.

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Minority Groups

Our helpline advisers have been getting a lot of calls recently from people who are separating and who are concerned about their rights to remain in a home they share with a former partner. Solicitor Jill Downing looks at the protection that legislation affords to people who find themselves in these circumstances.

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued updated guidance to firms, which comes into effect on 4 June 2020 and will remain in force until 31 October 2020. This extends the deadline for requesting a mortgage payment until 31 October, and sets out the approach that firms should take to assist customers who have already requested a break in payments.

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David Carson, a private renter who rented his home via UPS, and Andrew Haylett, branch manager at UPS,  recently used the Housing Mediation Service to help solve a problem that had arose between them.