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Over the last few months there has been a noticeable increase in the number of hate crime attacks reported in the local media. These attacks are primarily targeted at the homes of people from minority ethnic groups.

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The Utility Regulator has just released details of the latest energy efficiency grants available as part of the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme.

These schemes are advertised at the beginning of each financial year.  As funding is limited, anyone interested in applying for this financial assistance should start the process as quickly as possible.

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Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed changes to our other website housingadviceNI.  This site, which had over 650,000 users in the last year and is funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, is a brilliant source of practical information on housing and homelessness in Northern Ireland.

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Caoimhe works for Housing Rights Service. She is the Housing Advice Development Worker at Hydebank Wood Prison and Young Offenders Centre (YOC). Her work sees her trying to find housing solutions for young male inmates aged 18-21 years old and adult female prisoners.

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We've seen increasing numbers of tenants contact us because a Receiver has been appointed to manage the property they rent.   Chris McGrath, Solicitor for Housing Rights Service, reports on the legal standing of tenants who find themselves in this position. 

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Private tenancies in Northern Ireland are generally divided into two categories:

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When David came to Housing Rights Service he had been sleeping on his sister’s sofa for a few years and was finding it hard to cope. David is single and has a 5 year old daughter who spends weekends with him. He had presented as homeless to NIHE but was found not to have Priority Need.

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I recently met Teresa, a lone parent and Housing Executive tenant in rent arrears.  Teresa was at risk of possession and really needed help. 

Teresa was having difficulties paying her rent because she was under a lot of financial pressure and she had debts including a couple of payday loans which she’d taken out to tide her over at a time when she was finding things particularly tough.

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Social Tenancies, Practical tips, Affordability, Adviser

A recent Northern Ireland High Court decision provided important judicial interpretation on the Housing Selection Scheme rules and the allocation of housing to transfer applicants. The decision has already affected a number of our clients and impacted on how social landlords manage allocations.  Solicitor Chris McGrath outlines the case.

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Our housing advice line gets stacks of queries about renting privately.  A lot of the PRS cases that come through to me and my colleagues could have been prevented at the start of the tenancy if the tenant or the landlord was better prepared.

We get a lot of calls in September and October each year from people who've signed up to a tenancy that hasn't worked out.  The reasons that people have for wanting to get out of agreements are understandable, some common issues are:

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