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A recent English High Court has provided some interesting observations in respect of the circumstances as to when a homeless decision can be revisited. Although the English position has variances to the law in Northern Ireland (NI), it does provide some useful guidance, and allows us the opportunity to look at aspects of the law in NI that are of relevance.

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Outside NI, Homelessness, Case law

The Child Poverty Action Group successfully argued that the Department for Work and Pensions should not refuse claimants access to an appeal tribunal if they had failed to request a mandatory reconsideration of a benefit decision within a four-week time frame.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Case law, Legal

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) have both recently published research relating to the experiences of people living in the private rented sector (PRS).  Both organisations have recommended improvements in order to protect tenants from affordability issues and disrepair, and ultimately help prevent people from losing their home.

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Private Tenants Forum

The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for January – March 2017. The Bulletin demonstrates ongoing trends in several current policy issues, such as homelessness, housing supply and house prices.

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Research, Homelessness

Housing Rights 4th annual Private Rented Sector conference will take place on 15 November 2017.

The private rented sector in Northern Ireland has grown dramatically and now makes up over 16% of the total housing market.  This one-day conference will look at key issues facing the sector; showcase good practice from other jurisdictions, and stimulates policy debate

Confirmed speakers to date include:

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Private Tenancies