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March 2017

In recent years, the question of "proportionality" has increasingly been raised as a defence to possession proceedings.  Sarah Corrigan, an adviser with extensive experience in defending possession action, discusses the merits of acceptable behaviour contracts as an alternative to possession action and an effective method of dealing with antisocial behaviour. 

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Repossession, Social Tenancies

Solicitor Carmel Ferguson considers a decision of the UK High Court relating to a local authority's refusal to carry out a homelessness assessment. 

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Homelessness, Case law, Legal

The House of Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion has just published their report, “Tackling financial exclusion: A country that works for everyone?”

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Money Matters, Outside NI, Equality, Affordability

Welfare Reform is bringing a sweeping set of changes to the Social Security system in Northern Ireland. These will have major implications for tenants.

Housing Rights and Supporting Communities have come together to offer an exclusive one-day conference that will help equip staff and empower tenants to deal with the changes that welfare reform will bring.

A recent research report from Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) in England has called for improvements at government level which would better the lives of households living in the private rented sector (PRS) in England.  Whilst the research does not cover the experiences of those renting privately in Northern Ireland, the findings are of relevance and interest

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Fitness, Private Tenancies, Policy, Affordability, Landlord
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An adviser based at Hydebank Wood College and Women’s Prison, discusses one of her recent cases, where she worked in partnership with the Beyond the Gate team at Housing Rights not just to secure a tenancy for a newly-released client, but also to ensure that the individual had the right support in place to cope independently in the community.

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Social Tenancies, Practical tips, Adviser

“Landlord Advice" is a free advice service for landlords being piloted by Housing Rights on behalf of the Department for Communities (DFC).  Its aim is to help landlords comply with their legal requirements and promote good practice by offering free confidential advice and information.

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Private Tenancies, Landlord

The Government’s removal of Universal Credit housing costs from some 18-21 year olds has garnered a lot of media attention. Policy Officer Stephen Orme looks at what these changes mean.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Affordability

Regulations allowing for the introduction of the “social sector size criteria” or the “bedroom tax” in Northern Ireland took effect on the 20 February.  As we’ve previously reported, the impact of this change in Northern Ireland is largely mitigated, with the only threat of an actual financial detriment as a result of the change being to some social tenants who trans

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Welfare Reform, Affordability

James* first contacted us in 2014. He called into our office after hearing about our Mortgage Debt Advice service from a friend.

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Repossession, Practical tips, Homelessness