We’ve had a number of clients contact us recently saying that they’ve either been threatened with an illegal eviction or, in a few cases, that they have, in fact, been illegally forced out of their property by a landlord. In one case a client stated that the police were in attendance. Indeed, we have had some enquiries as to what role the police should play in an eviction.
A new statutory instrument takes effect on 20 January that will allow for the uprating of Local Housing Allowance by up to 4% in certain parts of Northern Ireland. This is to prevent certain areas becoming unaffordable to tenants in receipt of housing benefit.
Which areas will be affected?
This legislation provides for the LHA rate for the following size of dwelling in the following areas to be increased by up to 4%:
Housing Rights Service has a great new programme of events running until March that covers all aspects of delivering housing advice including housing benefit, money and debt, anti social behaviour and more.