Stephen’s client, Esther, is a Housing Executive tenant who had previously fallen into rent arrears. Esther said she’d been too embarrassed to talk to someone when she first fell into arrears and hadn’t gone to court when the Housing Executive had applied for a possession order. In her absence, the judge granted a Possession Order with a stay. This meant that Esther could continue to live in her home as long as she kept to the terms of the order, which were made by the judge in court. Thi
The Housing Executive has recently released their ‘Mapping Foreign Nationals Living in Northern Ireland’ report. Estimating the number of foreign nationals living in Northern Ireland can be difficult. But this report uses information from the Census 2011, information gathered from the NIHE local offices and other key reports.
Since landmark judgments in the Pinnock and Powell cases back in 2011, housing practitioners and legal professionals have questioned how human rights arguments can be applied to possession proceedings in the privately rented sector. Carmel Ferguson, Solicitor with Housing Rights, considers a recent Supreme Court judgment that delivers clarity on this issue.
Members of the Assembly turned their attention to the private rented sector on 20 June, during a debate on the landlord registration scheme. The debate came about on foot of a motion by Sinn Féin that the Minister urgently review the landlord registration scheme and an amendment to the scheme regulations, proposed by the Alliance Party, which calls for the regulation of letting agencies.
Council for the Homeless, the Chartered Institute of Housing, Housing Rights and the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations have come together to organise a free event on the 5th July about the Programme for Government.