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Policy & Research

Our policy work is based on the experiences of people who contact us for advice. We work on their behalf to secure positive changes to housing legislation, policy and practice in Northern Ireland. You can read more about what we are striving to achieve in the coming year by downloading our policy priorities.

Below, you will find copies of policy briefings, consultation responses and research papers that Housing Rights has produced recently.

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Housing Rights hopes that the operation of theTenancy Deposit Scheme, (the Scheme), which flows from the Private Tenancies (NI)Order 2006 will be addressed in the upcoming review of the Private Rented Sector. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy

Response to a Consultation on the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion Strategy 2015-2020

Housing Rights welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Housing Executive’s consultation on Proposals for a Community Cohesion Strategy 2015-2020. Housing Rights believes a Strategy is essential; particularly against the backdrop of a changing society in Northern Ireland.

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Social Tenancies, Policy

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

Response to Proposals for a New Regulatory Framework for Social Housing Providers in NI.

Housing Rights has responded to the Department for Social Development's consultation on Proposals for a New Regulatory Framework for Social Housing Providers in Northern Ireland.

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Social Tenancies, Policy

Reponse to consultation on Tenant Participation Strategy in NI

Housing Rights recently responded to the second in a series of consultations issued by the Department for Social Development on the reform of social housing.

As a rights-based organisation, we support the enhancement of tenants’ rights. We welcome the proposals that tenants should have a stronger role to play in how their landlord provides and develops their housing services. However, we believe that participation should be available to more people; not just tenants.

This consultation response makes a number of key points. 

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Regulation, Policy

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