James is 20 years old and a very vulnerable young adult. He spent time in care growing up, and has struggled with mental health issues in his life.
James had a tenancy with a housing association, but unfortunately experienced intimidation, threats and antisocial behavior at the property. He became frightened to stay there and ended up staying with his Aunt, where he felt safe.
Carmel Ferguson, Housing Rights solicitor, looks at the case of Samuels v Birmingham City Council, in which a homeless applicant challenged the local authority's decision that she was intentionally homeless because she had been evicted from a previous property due to rent arrears. The original decision maker had felt that Ms Samuels's rent was affordable when compared with her income.
Our Community Housing Advice Partnership recently received a call from a support worker at MACS. MACS is an organisation that helps young people who haven't had a fair deal. This particular call from MACS was about Paul, a vulnerable 20 year old who currently had nowhere permanent to live.
Representatives from the Private Tenants’ Forum were delighted to speak at Housing Rights’ recent conference on the private rented sector ‘Fit for the Future?’
Tracey McKeating and Brigitte Anton spoke to the conference about their experiences in the private rented sector and what encouraged them to join the Forum. They also spoke about their achievements to date, including:
We had over 90 delegates attend our Private Rented Conference on Tuesday 17th November. The timely conference aimed to open up debate on how to ensure the Northern Ireland private rented sector is fit for purpose.
The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to allocate a total of £585million from Executive funds over four years to mitigate the impacts of welfare reform. Eileen Evason, Emeritus Professor in social administration at the University of Ulster, will chair a working group which will develop proposals on how best to use these additional resources.
The latest NI Housing Statistics for 2014-15 have been released. They look at a range of topics including the figures for the supply of housing, social rented, private rented and owner occupied accommodation.
The 2015 Summer Budget contained proposals to reduce the time frame for backdating payments from six months to just four weeks and to cut the family premium from housing benefit in order to bring housing benefit in line with universal credit.
Housing Rights’ Antisocial Behaviour course will run for a second time on 2 December 2015. The first took place on the 9th September in Belfast. The sold out course was a huge success with participants.