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Policy & Research

Our policy work is based on the experiences of people who contact us for advice. We work on their behalf to secure positive changes to housing legislation, policy and practice in Northern Ireland. You can read more about what we are striving to achieve in the coming year by downloading our policy priorities.

Below, you will find copies of policy briefings, consultation responses and research papers that Housing Rights has produced recently.

Housing Rights’ response to the Department of Communities’ Draft Housing Supply Strategy

Last year Housing Rights submitted a response to the Call for Evidence on the Housing Supply Strategy.  We note areas in the draft strategy where our recommendations have been taken on board and we hope this response will help to further advance the development of this strategy.

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Legislation, Policy

Housing Rights response to Housing Executive draft homelessness strategy 2022-2027

Our response to the Housing Executive's draft homelessness strategy welcomes the commitment to working together to prevent and alleviate homelessness and to involving people with lived experience in the desig of appropriate solutions. Our response outlines how we'd like to see these commitments strengthened

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Policy, Homelessness

Housing Rights evidence to the NI Assembly Committee on the new Private Tenancies Bill

We have submitted evidence on the new Private Tenancies Bill.  Our written submission makes a number of points and proposals for amendments, and we wish to see a number of clauses strengthened.

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Legislation, Policy

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Inquiry into the experiences of ethnic minority and migrant people in NI

We have used our client experience to submit evidence to the inquiry into the experiences of ethnic minority and migrant people here in Northern Ireland, and our evidence demonstrates the barriers faced by people. 

Read out submission.

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Legislation, Minority Groups, Policy

Housing Rights response to Department for Communities consultation on notice to quit

We have responded to the Department for Communities consultation on notice to quit.

The Private Tenancies Bill extends the notice to quit period from 28 days to 8 weeks, for tenancies lasting longer than 12 months. The 12-week notice period for tenancies of more than 10 years will stay the same. The DfC’s consultation is to investigate whether 8 weeks is enough time for a tenant to find a suitable home.

Read our response.

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Legislation, Regulation, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly