Toni and Marc came to Housing Rights for help when they feared that they’d lose their home. Toni and Marc bought their home back in 2003. Since moving in they’d had three children: Jordan, Sam and Lily. Catherine, one of our advisers, had to make an application for a stay when negotiating with the lender proved fruitless.
Certain decisions made by the Housing Executive can be reviewed by following a procedure laid out in the Housing Amendment Act (NI) 2011. These include decisions on whether or not someone is a Full Duty Applicant and on whether the accommodation offered to a homeless person is reasonable.
The applicant also has a right to appeal to the county court if the review is unsuccessful, but they can only appeal on a point of law.
A guarantor is someone who has agreed to be responsible for the tenant’s obligations as determined by the tenancy agreement. In Northern Ireland, guarantors were traditionally sought for student tenancies, but this practice seems to be becoming prevalent across the wider private rented market.
Our Beyond the Gate project aims to prevent homelessness amongst people leaving prison by ensuring that they have all the necessary support to aid their transition back into independent living. Caoimhe, a support worker with Beyond the Gate discusses a recent success story. The client’s name has been changed.
The last few years has seen an increase in the number of food banks operating in Northern Ireland. The Department for Social Development (DSD) recently undertook research to better understand why people need to use them.
At Housing Rights, we hear from lots of tenants who have all kinds of understandable reasons for leaving a property before the contract ends. These range from students who’ve had to leave university unexpectedly, to people who have become ill and for whom a property is no longer suitable, to families who are living in substandard properties and whose requests for repairs go unheeded by the landlord
Under the current tax allowance system landlords and companies involved in letting furnished property can claim tax relief equal to 10% of the rent received to cover wear and tear. Landlords can claim this relief whether or not any expense was incurred. Only landlords letting fully furnished properties can apply for this relief. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a change to this system in the summer 2015 budget.