Our Community Housing Advice Partnership provides expert housing support to advisers working throughout Northern Ireland. A recent case highlights how working in partnership with a housing specialist can help member agencies achieve the best outcome for clients.
There are many day-to-day issues which can impact on a person's housing situation. One that may be less obvious to the eye is mental ill-health. Mental ill-health can affect almost every aspect of a person’s life, from their education and employment to their physical health and the quality of their relationships.
Carmel Ferguson, Solicitor with Housing Rights, analyses a recent decision from the Chancery Master which deals with a second charge lender’s rights to pursue possession proceedings in respect of a secured loan.
Although a new HMO regime is imminent with the introduction of a new Houses in Multiple Occupation (NI) Act 2016, the current definition and requirement to register continue to apply. Landlords need to ensure that they have complied with the current requirements and that their registration details are up to date.
From 28 November, the existing Social Fund in Northern Ireland will be replaced by a service called Finance Support. This means that Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants, currently available from the Social Fund, will cease to be available from 27 November.
Housing Rights believes that everyone should have the right to live in a home which is safe and secure. Unfortunately, Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, experiences regular incidents of hate crime.
A judgment from the England and Wales Court of Appeal will be relevant to any social landlord wishing to recover possession of a dwelling due to a tenant’s alleged breach of tenancy conditions. This judgment sets out guidance on: