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November 2016

Housing Rights, with support from TDS NI, held their third conference on the Private Rented Sector on 23rd November 2016 at the East Belfast Network Centre.

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Private Tenancies

Homelessness Awareness Week's (HAW) aim is to highlight the issue of homelessness across Northern Ireland, and to mark the continued efforts of organisations, staff, and service users working in the sector. In recognition of this, we look at how Housing Rights recently helped Sarah, a Housing Executive tenant at risk of losing her home. This is just one example of the many ways Housing Rights works to prevent homelessness in NI. 

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Repossession, Social Tenancies, Affordability

Private rented

To ask the Minister for Communities for his assessment of the impact of the cap on the Local Housing Allowance. Nichola Mallon, Social Democratic and Labour Party AQO 536/16-21

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NI Assembly

Financial Capability week runs from 14 November to the 20th November. Its aim is to raise awareness of the importance of financial capability.

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Money Matters, Practical tips, Affordability

The number of people accepted as homeless in Northern Ireland has increased by 13% since 2012/13.  The key to tackling this is to work to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, according to research published this week by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 

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Research, Policy, Homelessness

The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment on the discriminatory impact of the bedroom tax.  The Court considered seven cases and decided that there was an "inexplicable inconsistency" in the policy's differing treatment of adults and children with disabilities.

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Benefits, Legislation, Welfare Reform, Case law

Professor Paddy Gray from Ulster University will be speaking at and chairing our upcoming conference, Private Rented Sector - Getting it Right 2016. Below he outlines why this conference is so timely for the private rented sector in NI.

The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for 1st April – 30th June 2016. The latest statistics highlight interesting developments in homelessness, housing supply and house prices in Quarter 2 of this year.

February 2016 saw the roll out of “right to rent” checks across England.  All landlords providing tenancies in England are required to carry out these checks.  The aim of the checks is to ensure that any person living in a rental property has the correct permissions to reside in the country and to contribute towards a more “hostile environment” for migrants who are here without the necessary permissions. 

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Minority Groups, Private Tenancies, Landlord

During the summer, the Department for Finance ran a consultation into arrangements for rates collection in rented properties. A report has now been issued summarising the views of the various respondents and plotting a way forward for this issue.

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Private Tenancies, Affordability, Landlord

From 31st October 2016, the courts in Northern Ireland will operate as a single jurisdiction. Reference will no longer be made to County Court Divisions and Petty Session districts.

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Legal