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Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Private Rented Sector

This Housing Rights research examines the case for the establishment of an independent dispute resolution service for tenants and landlords in Northern Ireland.

The research:

  • Reviews relevant policy documents from Northern Ireland and the UK which support improving access to justice;
  • Identifies and examines specific good practice ADR case studies from other jurisdictions;
  • Gathers expert opinion from those living and working in the PRS in Northern Ireland, as well as housing practitioners and policy makers;
  • Assesses the data and makes recommendations for the principles which an ADR system needs to consider, and how that system could function.

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Research, Private Tenancies

Involving Everyone - Including 'Easy to Ignore" Groups in Housing Policy and Strategy Development in Northern Ireland

The aim of this research was to assess and make recommendations for the greater involvement of ‘easy to ignore’ groups in housing policy and strategy development in Northern Ireland, with particular emphasis on engagement with the Social Housing Reform Programme. 

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Minority Groups, Research, Policy

The Hidden Costs of Private Renting in Northern Ireland - An Investigation into the Practice of Letting Charges

The hidden costs of renting private accommodation in Northern Ireland have been revealed in an undercover survey carried out by Housing Rights Service.  A ‘mystery shopping’ survey of 40 lettings agents across Northern Ireland found that upfront fees of as much as £100 were demanded by some agents to cover routine services such as credit checks and general administration costs. This was on top of a deposit (normally one month’s rent) and a month’s rent in advance.

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Affordability, Policy, Practical tips, Private Tenants Forum

Towards Financial Inclusion, the expansion of credit union financial services for low-income households

We have become increasingly aware of the large extent of high-cost, sub-prime lending in Northern Ireland and of the disproportionate effects such lending can have on low-income households. With this in mind, research was commissioned into the way in which NI Credit Unions currently serve low-income households and into their potential to expand their outreach within the low-income market in the future.

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Meeting the housing needs of vulnerable homeless people in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland

Housing Rights Service has released the findings of a ground breaking research study into how the private rented sector can provide a long-term and sustainable housing solution for homeless people with multiple and complex needs. Although the study shows that no single model of housing and support is likely to be appropriate for all chronically homeless people, it nevertheless finds that the use of rented accommodation in ‘Housing First’ or ‘Housing Led’ models of housing support could provide a solution if adequate safeguards are put in place.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness
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