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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

Meeting the housing needs of vulnerable homeless people in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland

Housing Rights Service has released the findings of a ground breaking research study into how the private rented sector can provide a long-term and sustainable housing solution for homeless people with multiple and complex needs. Although the study shows that no single model of housing and support is likely to be appropriate for all chronically homeless people, it nevertheless finds that the use of rented accommodation in ‘Housing First’ or ‘Housing Led’ models of housing support could provide a solution if adequate safeguards are put in place.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness

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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