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Local advice charity, Housing Rights, has welcomed the launch of Department for Communities (DFC) proposals around the Private Rented Sector. The charity has been calling for better regulation of the sector for many years.

One in five local households now rent their home.  Last year the charity helped people deal with over 2,500 issues related to renting privately.

Kate McCauley, Policy Manager with Housing Rights commented: 

Housing Rights Consultation Response to the Programme for Government consultation & comments on the Delivery Plan for indicators 8 and 48

Housing Rights offers comments on the draft Programme for Government (PfG) (see particularly paragraphs 3-4) and the Delivery Plan for Indicators 8 and 48 (see particularly paragraphs 5-8) in this consultation response.

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Housing Rights has responded to the consultation on the draft Programme for Government (PfG), and the Delivery Plan for PfG indicators 8 and 48. In our response, we highlighted the following key points:

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The Department for Communities have released the 2015/16 Northern Ireland Housing Statistics. These statistics cover a broad range of areas including homelessness, rent levels, and trends in the owner-occupier sector.

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Housing Rights Research Briefing on Affordability in the Private Rented Sector

This briefing presents the findings of available research into living in the PRS and considers: 

  • The households that currently live in the PRS 
  • The motivations for low-income households to rent privately 
  • The affordability issues private tenants face 
  • Property conditions and affordability in the PRS 

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Affordability

Housing Right Briefing on Licensing in the Private Rented Sector

This briefing considers the need for increased landlord regulation in the private rented sector, examining the need for licensing, best practice experience elsewhere and concludes with key principles which should inform the development of any such proposals.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord

The number of people accepted as homeless in Northern Ireland has increased by 13% since 2012/13.  The key to tackling this is to work to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, according to research published this week by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 

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The Assembly has recently debated an Opposition motion on homelessness and housing supply in Northern Ireland.

Homelessness and housing 

The motion was brought to the Assembly by MLAs from the UUP and SDLP:

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