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Social Tenancies

Ursula Toner reviews a selection of recent cases, where Housing Rights successfully challenged decisions disadvantaging people who had to leave their homes temporarily. Anyone who is going to be temporarily absent from their home should inform their landlord of this absence, in order to best protect their tenancy rights.

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Fold and Helm Housing Associations have recently merged under the new identity of Radius Housing.

Following an extensive consultation process involving employees and tenants from both Fold and Helm, Radius Housing Association will provide services for over 33,000 households and employ over 1,000 staff.

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New Regulations have been passed, coming into effect on 20th April 2017, which expand the circumstances in which a household is permitted an “additional” room by Housing Benefit rules. These changes apply to both the social and private rented sectors.

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform

In recent years, the question of "proportionality" has increasingly been raised as a defence to possession proceedings.  Sarah Corrigan, an adviser with extensive experience in defending possession action, discusses the merits of acceptable behaviour contracts as an alternative to possession action and an effective method of dealing with antisocial behaviour. 

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Repossession, Social Tenancies
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An adviser based at Hydebank Wood College and Women’s Prison, discusses one of her recent cases, where she worked in partnership with the Beyond the Gate team at Housing Rights not just to secure a tenancy for a newly-released client, but also to ensure that the individual had the right support in place to cope independently in the community.

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Regulations allowing for the introduction of the “social sector size criteria” or the “bedroom tax” in Northern Ireland took effect on the 20 February.  As we’ve previously reported, the impact of this change in Northern Ireland is largely mitigated, with the only threat of an actual financial detriment as a result of the change being to some social tenants who trans

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Welfare Reform, Affordability

Housing Rights Consultation Response to Proposals to seek reversal of the reclassification of registered social housing providers in Northern Ireland

Housing Rights welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department’s proposals to seek reversal of the ONS reclassification of registered social housing providers in Northern Ireland.

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On Monday 16th January, the mitigations for the Social Sector Size Criteria (“bedroom tax”) were approved by the Assembly. Here we look in detail at what the “bedroom tax” policy is, and how the mitigations will work in practice.

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Affordability

From 30th January 2017, the amount of time for which a claimant will be able to receive Housing Benefit whilst temporarily absent from Northern Ireland will be reduced, in most cases, to a maximum of 4 weeks. The change applies to both working age claimants and state pension credit age claimants.

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Benefits, Minority Groups, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Affordability

Housing Rights is delighted to be running its first accredited training course on Financial Capability. Increasing financial capability to safeguard homes will help you to empower your clients to manage their own budget and keep their home. 

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