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Despite numerous efforts to promote and publicise the need for landlords to protect any deposits paid since 1 April 2013, many of our clients still report that their deposits have not been protected.

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From February 2016 landlords in England face financial penalties and prosecution if they rent to someone who does not have a legal right to be in the UK.  The roll out of the "right to rent checks", introduced by the Immigration Act 2014, has not yet reached Northern Ireland and local landlords can continue to do business as usual.

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Minority Groups, Private Tenancies, Landlord
Photograph of Belfast City Hall

At its latest People and Communities Committee meeting, Belfast City Council considered its response to the Department for Social Development’s Review of the Private Rented Sector.

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Fitness, Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord
Picture of properties to rent in South Belfast

With the DSD’s Review of the Private Rented Sector ongoing, Housing Rights has prepared a policy briefing on the need for improved regulations in the charging of letting fees in Northern Ireland.

What are letting fees?

Letting fees are additional charges imposed for services included in the routine letting and management of a property.

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Private Tenancies, Affordability, Landlord

Housing Rights Policy Briefing on Letting Fees in Northern Ireland

With the Department for Social Development's Review of the Private Rented Sector ongoing, Housing Rights has prepared a policy briefing on the need for improved regulations in the charging of letting fees in Northern Ireland.

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Private Tenancies, Affordability, Landlord

Leah Watters  BSc(Hons) BSc(Hons) MSc DipIOA MSc CMCIEH CIHCM , Senior Environmental Officer with Mid Ulster District Council, recently carried out research into condensation dampness in the private rented sector. She has kindly shared a summary of her research with Housing Rights. 

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Fitness, Private Tenancies

The Department for Social Development has announced that almost 5,000 people will have fees paid under the Landlord Registration Scheme refunded.  This refund comes about as a result in a change in policy.  Where previously all joint owners of a property were required to register and pay the associated fee, now the fee will only be paid by one person. 

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The Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Housing Rights hopes that the operation of theTenancy Deposit Scheme, (the Scheme), which flows from the Private Tenancies (NI)Order 2006 will be addressed in the upcoming review of the Private Rented Sector. 

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In 2013, Northern Ireland followed the rest of the UK in introducing a statutory tenancy deposit scheme. The aim of the Scheme is to protect tenants’ deposits through an independent Scheme Provider.

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We had over 90 delegates attend our Private Rented Conference on Tuesday 17th November. The timely conference aimed to open up debate on how to ensure the Northern Ireland private rented sector is fit for purpose.

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