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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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The Council for Mortgage Lenders (CML), with the support of Housing Rights,  hosted a conference “The mortgage market in Northern Ireland” in Belfast on the 24 May 2016.

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Repossession, Policy, Affordability

On Tuesday 17th May, Housing Rights hosted a policy seminar on tools for raising standards in housing. We gathered a panel of expert speakers to discuss options for raising housing standards, in light of the Department for Communities’ ongoing review of the Housing Fitness Standard.

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Private Tenancies, Policy

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

Housing Rights has recently responded to an Inter-Departmental Review of Housing Adaptations Services, carried out by the Department for Social Development and the Department of Health.

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Fitness, Social Tenancies, 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

There is a public consultation on rate liability in the domestic rental sector.

The aim of the consultation is to develop a domestic rates policy that is

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Hustings Inforgraphic

Housing Rights is pleased to join with the Council for the Homeless, the Chartered Institute of Housing NI and the NI Federation for Housing Associations to convene a Housing and Homelessness Hustings on Friday 15 April from 14:00 to 16:00 at the Girdwood Community Hub in north Belfast, 10 Girdwood Avenue, Belfast, Antrim BT14 6EG.

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