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At Housing Rights, we hear from lots of tenants who have all kinds of understandable reasons for leaving a property before the contract ends.  These range from students who’ve had to leave university unexpectedly, to people who have become ill and for whom a property is no longer suitable, to families who are living in substandard properties and whose requests for repairs go unheeded by the landlord

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips

As students across NI get their “A” level results, local charity Housing Rights has come up with handy tips and a short video for anyone thinking about renting privately.

Many students heading off to College or University will choose to rent privately.  The sector has grown rapidly in recent years and now makes up for 17% of all households, nearly 130,000 homes in Northern Ireland. 

Housing Rights Training Officer Bronagh McCulla talks about looking forward to taking our upcoming training course Made of Money – Financial Capability Skills.

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Money Matters, Practical tips

Back in 2013 the Department for Social Development (DSD) issued guidance (Memo 3/13) on allowing Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to be paid for an extra bedroom where a disabled child cannot share a bedroom with other children for medical reasons.

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Benefits, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Case law

Our adviser Faith recently helped solve a serious financial problem for a vulnerable, elderly couple by asking the Ombudsman to investigate a decision taken by the Health & Social Care Trust.

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Social Tenancies, Practical tips, Adviser

A local judge ordered an estate agent to return a tenant’s holding deposit once the agent decided not to proceed with the tenancy.  Housing Rights represented the tenant at small claims court.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Legal

The Northern Ireland housing market has been through a turbulent few years, with many households still experiencing negative equity, arrears and repossessions.

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Practical tips, Policy

Eva Koerner, project manager at MACS, describes how their organisation has benefited from sending their employees on Housing Rights Housing Advice Training Programme. The Housing Advice Training Programme is a 4 day course that provides participants with a housing advice practitioner qualification on completion. 

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Applicants who wish to review or appeal a negative homelessness decision must observe certain time limits.  These limits are set out in the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 (as amended). Carmel Ferguson, solicitor with Housing Rights Service, discusses our recent successful case at the High Court, where we were granted leave to lodge an appeal outside of these time limits.

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Practical tips, Homelessness, Case law, Legal

The Competition and Markets Authority issued guidance last year to help letting professionals comply with consumer law.  The guidance is aimed at anyone who is managing a rental property, whether they are an agent, an accidental landlord or a landlord with a large property portfolio.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Landlord


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