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The Housing Executive recently published their findings from the 2016 Private Tenants Survey. A total of 144 privately renting tenants across Northern Ireland gave their views and experiences of renting across a range of topics including rights as a tenant, affordability, satisfaction, and future regulation. This survey has previously been carried out in 2006 and 2012.

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Research, Private Tenancies, Affordability, Landlord

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) released a report in March 2018 that sets out three options for using incentives to improve the private rented sector in England for people living in poverty.

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Research, Private Tenancies

Dungannon and Portadown are the next areas in Northern Ireland to have Universal Credit introduced on the 7 March 2018.

This new benefit will replace Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance and income related Employment and Support Allowance.  Anyone of working age who gets these benefits will be affected.

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Welfare Reform, Affordability

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has published its investigation into Travellers’ accommodation. The ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Travellers Accommodation in NI’  report has identified 13 systematic concerns and made 45 recommendations.

The investigation identified 13 systemic issues, including:

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Research, Equality

Housing Rights adviser Amy recently helped 28 year old Ciaran. Ciaran struggled to meet his rent payments after being made redundant.

Sudden change in income

Ciaran lived in private rented accommodation, he had been working full time when he took on his tenancy and was able to fully cover the rent himself.

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Benefits, Regulation, Practical tips, Affordability, Adviser

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