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Consultation Response

Response to Reviewing Support for Repair and Housing in the Private Housing Sector

We are encouraged that the Department is reviewing the current system which has become largely ineffective due to the discretionary nature of the scheme and lack of investment. Any new scheme will have to take into account the financial difficulties many owners are facing and the problems many experience in accessing and servicing loans. Housing Rights Service is in general agreement with the proposition to simplify support arrangements for repair and improvement and to provide for more flexible forms of assistance which meet the particular needs of applicants.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord

Response to NIHE Consultation on Changes to the Housing Selection Scheme

Housing Rights Service believes that the under-occupancy sanction has the potential to cause real hardship and distress to many claimants and their families.  We are worried the measure will have a disproportionate impact in Northern Ireland given the existing composition of the housing stock and high levels of under-occupation in social housing. In our opinion, the policy will do nothing to ease local housing pressures because the greatest demand is currently for smaller properties -precisely those that the ‘spare bedroom tax’ will force social tenants to try to move to.

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Homelessness, Policy, Social Tenancies

Response to DSD Housing Strategy for Northern Ireland

Housing Rights Service has responded to the DSD consultation exercise - 'Facing the Future: A Housing Strategy for Northern Ireland'. The strategy is intended to cover a five year period from 2012-2017.

Our response examines the five themes contained in the consultation paper, namely:

  • Ensuring access to decent, affordable, sustainable homes across all tenures
  • Meeting housing needs and supporting the most vulnerable
  • Housing and welfare reform
  • Driving regeneration and sustaining communities through housing, and
  • Having correct structures in place.

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Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

Fundamental Review of the Regulation of Houses in Multiple Occupation

We believe the proposed change from HMO registration to a licensing system, as already exists in England, Scotland and Wales, will greatly assist in protecting life, enhancing standards and eliminating the duplication that exists in administering the current systems of HMO registration and regulation in Northern Ireland. In this paper we address a number of overarching issues of concern to our clients and include responses to the questions contained in the consultation paper

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord

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