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When everyone has a home

Housing and debt helpline for Northern Ireland – 028 9024 5640

January 2015

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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.

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Landlord, Adviser

The standard by which fitness is measured in Northern Ireland is very basic.

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Fitness, Regulation, Policy

We've asked solicitor Chris McGrath to consider whether or not tenants are obliged to serve a notice to quit in order to bring a fixed term tenancy to an end.  

There are different methods a private tenancy can be brought to an end by the landlord or the tenant; these include

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Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Legal

Ursula Toner, Legal Advice Services & Support Manager with Housing Rights Service, highlights some important announcements from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 

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Regulation

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%:

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Benefits, Money Matters, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Affordability

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.

Access to justice is widely accepted as a cornerstone of democracy and a vital ingredient in protecting weak and vulnerable citizens.  Housing Rights Service recently submitted a response to the access to justice review, laying out a number of particular concerns we have.

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Policy