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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.

Response to consultation on Proposed Increase to Court Fees

Housing Rights welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Proposed Increase to Court Fees. The organisation acknowledges that court fees have not increased since 2007 and that this must have had an effect on the revenue streams of the NI Courts and Tribunals Services (NICTS). Therefore, it accepts that the NICTS must try to recoup the full cost of the services it provides. However, Housing Rights is concerned about the possible negative impact that any increase in fees may have on the ability of people to have access to justice.

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Changes to Support for Mortgage Interest: The Impact in Northern Ireland

Housing Rights’ work, in advising and supporting people at risk of losing their home through mortgage repossession, evidences the critical importance of timely access to Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) payments. These payments are vital in allowing low-income households to maintain their mortgage repayments and sustain their homes. 

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Benefits, Policy

Response to consultation on Housing Adaptations

Housing Rights supports the Report’s commitment to continue housing adaptations services, in order to ‘enable people with disabilities to remain at home and enhance their independence within their local community.’ Housing Rights’ experience in advising and supporting clients in need of housing adaptations leads the organisation to make the recommendations contained in our reponse. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy

Response to the Consumer Council’s consultation on its Draft Forward Work Programme 2016-17 and Corporate Plan 2016-2021

Housing Rights has highlighted the charging of fees by letting agents as a key issue for consumers, in our response to the Consumer Council’s consultation on its Draft Forward Work Programme 2016-17 and Corporate Plan 2016-2021.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies, Affordability, Legal

Response to Housing Executive Rural Housing Policy Proposals

Housing Rights has recently responded to a Housing Executive consultation on their draft Rural Policy Proposals.

Housing Rights welcomes the Executive’s ongoing acknowledgement of the need for specific policies on rural housing, and supports the overarching vision of the proposals: ‘Housing Services working in partnership to enable and support vibrant, shared and sustainable rural communities and provide economic, social and environmental benefits in rural areas.’ Comments were offered on several specific elements of the proposals:

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Homelessness, Equality, Affordability

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