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Private Tenants Forum

The NI Private Tenants' Forum was established in 2012 and is supported by Housing Rights. It was set up against the backdrop of a changing sector in Northern Ireland. From 1991 – 2011 there was a huge increase of 505% in the number of people living in the private rented sector. There is now nearly 1 in 5 people living in the sector. This trend looks set to continue. 

The Forum is made up of a group of individuals who are either currently living in private rented accommodation or have been in the past. They have a range of personal experiences from renting privately, which adds to their ability to contribute to the ongoing discussions around the future of the private rented sector.

In the short period of time since their establishment, the Forum has played an important part in raising awareness of particular issues and has carried out a range of work including:

The aims and objectives of the Private Tenants' Forum

The aim of the forum is to encourage tenant participation in shaping relevant legislation, policy and practice in the PRS.

The objectives of the forum are:

  • To actively influence legislation, policy and practice in areas relevant to private tenants.
  • To provide a supportive environment for PRS tenants to voice and share views.
  • To help create a culture that is committed to the principles of tenant involvement in the future development of the PRS.
  • To support and encourage improvement of the PRS

The Forum is looking for new members. Just contact us if you are interested in joining.

Meet the members

Find out why some of our members have joined the forum.

Tracey's Story
Jan's Story


The Department for Social Development recently produced an update on their progress on Facing the Future: The Housing Strategy for Northern Ireland. The update shows that many of the actions are on track for delivery by 2017 by August 2015.

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Social Tenancies, Private Tenants Forum, NI Assembly

Just like in Northern Ireland, the private rented sector in Scotland has grown in size over the last number of years. This is down to a number of factors including the reduction in the amount of social housing and financial difficulties faced by potential homeowners. The private rented sector is increasingly becoming the main housing option, willingly or not, for many people looking for a home.

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Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies, Policy

The Private Tenants’ Forum is looking for new people to join.  If you are advising people who live in the private rented sector, why not encourage them to join the Private Tenants' Forum? The Forum provides a great opportunity for people to use their experience to make a positive change.

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Private Tenants Forum

The Private Tenants' Forum has been recognised for its achievements at the recent Housing Awards by winning the ‘More than Bricks and Mortar' award.

Members of the Private Tenants' Forum attended the award ceremony in Belfast City Hall on Friday 27 March 2015.

Jan Branch, one of the founding members, explains what it means to the Forum to win this award

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Private Tenants Forum

Set up in 2012 by Housing Rights, the Private Tenant’s Forum is a group of volunteers who advocate for changes in policy and legislation that will improve conditions for everyone living in the Private Rented Sector.  The forum has now been nominated for 'More than Bricks and Mortar' award in this year's Housing Awards.

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Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies