The UK Supreme Court will hear a trio of cases between December 15 and 17 on the issue of which homeless applicants are deemed to be vulnerable, and entitled to assistance, by warrant of this vulnerability. This hearing has been deemed the most important case on homelessness in decades.
All landlords of properties which are rented out to tenants in Northern Ireland must register their details by the 25 February 2015.
The Department for Social Development, which is responsible for overseeing the private rented sector, is currently promoting the Landlord Registration Scheme throughout Northern Ireland. Any property owners who fail to comply with the scheme may face a fine of up to £2,500.
The NI Executive has published a draft budget for 2015/16. The budget sets out the overall spending available during this period and allocates amounts to each department. Each department will then provide further detail on how it intends to spend its financial allocation during the 2015/16 financial year.
The Department for Social Development (DSD) undertook a consultation exercise earlier this year seeking opinions on its proposed system to require that housing developers make contributions towards affordable housing in Northern Ireland.
The consultation paper sought respondents views on
A new consultation on the future of tenant participation in the social rented sector is due to be released in January 2015. Tenant participation is just one element of the overall package of possible reforms of the social rented sector which is currently being looked at. The other main reform areas being considered are: