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Free Landlord Advice service launched

A free telephone advice service for private landlords has been launched.    “Landlord Advice” is being piloted by local charity Housing Rights on behalf of the Department for Communities (DFC).  The service is free, and will help landlords comply with their legal requirements and promote good practice by offering free confidential advice and information.

The private rented sector in Northern Ireland has grown dramatically with one in five households now privately renting their home.  Rather than large scale investors, eight out of ten local landlords only have one or two properties. The “Landlord Advice” service aims to promote a professional and well managed private rented sector that is good for both landlords and tenants.

“Landlord Advice” service manager Catherine Feely commented: “Private landlords operate in a complex legal environment. We are delighted to pilot this service which is a great free resource for landlords, people thinking about becoming landlords, and estate & managing agents.  We can help with the application and interpretation of relevant housing and landlord tenant legislation. We can also advise on key issues like preparing to rent, property standards, rights and responsibilities and ending tenancies. ”

The service has been welcomed by the Landlord Association for Northern Ireland Chairperson Raymond Crooks: “We are pleased that local landlords now have access to free advice and believe this will benefit our members, their tenants, and the broader rental sector in Northern Ireland. “

Landlords can get free advice by contacting 90 245640 and selecting option 5, or emailing advice@landlordadviceni.org

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Notes to editors:
For further information contact Claire at Housing Rights on 90 267925

Spokespersons will be available for comment

• Housing Rights is the leading specialist provider of independent housing advice in Northern Ireland.  Established in 1964 the charity works to improve lives by tackling homelessness and housing problems.
• Last year the organisation provided advice and assistance on over 43,000 housing issues.
• The PRS provides homes for 21% of all occupied housing stock in Northern Ireland.  This has increased steadily from 10% in 2003-2004.