A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Wizard of Oz screening at the Strand Arts Centre last night-we hope you enjoyed your evening. We were delighted to see so many of you getting into the Oz spirit with such fantastic costumes.
We would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors Avec Solutions for sponsoring our fabulous venue, The Bank of Ireland who provided the wine for our drinks reception, and the numerous companies who provided raffle prizes.
Tenancy deposit protection schemes have been operating in Northern Ireland for just over a year. The summer months in Northern Ireland are always a busy time for tenancy changeovers, particularly in college towns where large numbers of students live. With this in mind, it’s important to understand how deposit protection works for joint tenants.
The mere mention of court can often scare a client and Small Claims Court is no exception. While going to court is worrying to clients, it can also strike fear into the heart of an inexperienced adviser. Small Claims Court is supposed to be a simpler form of court procedure that is quick and easy to use, but it’s still important that advisers are aware of the formalities that need to observed.
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment has launched a new report into the feasibility of introducing a Land Value Tax (LVT) in Northern Ireland – to replace the current system of rates based on capital values.
Housing Right Service has launched a new video to help tenants make the most of living in the private rented sector. Entitled ‘The Key to Successful Renting’, it takes the form of a 3 minute video and is designed to help people find private rented accommodation and understand their rights.
In a recent press release, the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has reiterated the importance of protecting private tenants’ deposits. The Minister highlighted that within the first year of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme operating over 18,500 tenancy deposits, totalling £10 million, have been protected.
The Housing Executive has started writing to certain people on the social housing waiting list to tell them about privately rented housing that is available in their areas.
Smartmove Housing will manage these private tenancies. Smartmove will provide initial support to new tenants and will make referrals to other agencies for tenants who need additional support to help manage and sustain their tenancy.
Housing Rights Service is currently holding a number of roadshows with other advice agencies across Northern Ireland. These are part of our Community Housing Advice Partnership (CHAP), which ensures that everyone has access to comprehensive housing advice
The roadshows are absolutely free and provide you with a great round up of the latest developments in housing in Northern Ireland.
A recent Judicial Review of the bedroom tax, supported by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has failed. This Judicial Review was brought on the grounds that the policy was discriminatory as it does not allow for an additional bedroom where a child with disabilities needs overnight care. The judgment stresses the importan