Advising on the rights of people who come from outside the UK or Ireland can be difficult, particularly in light of all the recent legislative changes in this area. But, understanding these rights is crucial, given how frequently we’re now being asked to help with cases on eligibility.
In the second of our articles on the grounds for homelessness appeals our solicitor, Carmel Ferguson, reflects on a recent case concerning a Housing Executive tenant who was a lone parent with three children; the youngest aged 8 months.
Autumn is always a boom time for the private rented sector in Northern Ireland, often fuelled by the numbers of new students moving to university towns, like Belfast and Coleraine. There are a number of myths out there that people might have heard about renting privately in Northern Ireland. Here are some of the most common misconceptions.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan are to host a consultation event on their proposals for developer contributions.The proposals would require developers to provide a proportion of newly proposed housing developments, over a certain threshold, as affordable housing. The consultation runs until 23 September 2014.
In January 2013 the Minister for Social Development announced proposals to overhaul the delivery of social housing in Northern Ireland through the Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP). The intention of the programme is to radically change the way social housing is delivered in Northern Ireland.
The vision is to create: "Housing structures that support the provision of social and affordable homes, in thriving communities where people are proud to live”.