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Private Tenants Forum

The NI Private Tenants' Forum was established in 2012 and is supported by Housing Rights. It was set up against the backdrop of a changing sector in Northern Ireland. From 1991 – 2011 there was a huge increase of 505% in the number of people living in the private rented sector. There is now nearly 1 in 5 people living in the sector. This trend looks set to continue. 

The Forum is made up of a group of individuals who are either currently living in private rented accommodation or have been in the past. They have a range of personal experiences from renting privately, which adds to their ability to contribute to the ongoing discussions around the future of the private rented sector.

In the short period of time since their establishment, the Forum has played an important part in raising awareness of particular issues and has carried out a range of work including:

The aims and objectives of the Private Tenants' Forum

The aim of the forum is to encourage tenant participation in shaping relevant legislation, policy and practice in the PRS.

The objectives of the forum are:

  • To actively influence legislation, policy and practice in areas relevant to private tenants.
  • To provide a supportive environment for PRS tenants to voice and share views.
  • To help create a culture that is committed to the principles of tenant involvement in the future development of the PRS.
  • To support and encourage improvement of the PRS

The Forum is looking for new members. Just contact us if you are interested in joining.

Meet the members

Find out why some of our members have joined the forum.

Tracey's Story
Jan's Story

 

Officials from the Department for Communities attended our Housing Advice Practitioner’s Forum, to elicit feedback from attendees on their proposals for change to the private rented sector in Northern Ireland.

During the meeting, Department officials outlined the main proposals, which relate to the following key areas:

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As students across NI get their “A” level results we've come up with some handy tips for anyone, and particularly for new students, who is planning on taking on a new rental tenancy. Many students heading off to college or university will choose to rent privately.  The sector has grown rapidly in recent years and now makes up for 17% of all households, nearly 130,000 homes in Northern Ireland. 

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The Department for Social Development is keen to hear more from tenants who are currently renting a home from a private landlord or through a private agent in Northern Ireland.  The Department is currently carrying out a comprehensive review of the private rented sector.  

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Since it was established in 2012, the Private Tenants’ Forum has worked to raise awareness of the issues which prevail in the private rented sector (PRS) and to promote reform of the sector. The Forum was set up against the backdrop of a changing sector in Northern Ireland. From 1991 – 2011 there was a huge increase of 505% in the number of people living in the private rented sector. Around 1 in 5 people now live in the sector.

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Representatives from the Private Tenants’ Forum were delighted to speak at Housing Rights’ recent conference on the private rented sector ‘Fit for the Future?’

Tracey McKeating and Brigitte Anton spoke to the conference about their experiences in the private rented sector and what encouraged them to join the Forum. They also spoke about their achievements to date, including:

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