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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

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Some people enjoy getting involved in their neighbourhood. You might want to join a residents association or community group or even set one up if you think it would improve the area.

There aren't as many grants available now to help with poor housing as there were 10 years ago.  However, you can still get some help if you need to adapt your home because you have a disability, if you are a landlord and you have been issued with a statutory notice by the council, if you are a homeowner living in a flooding zone, if you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home or if your home is in such a serious state of disrepair that it could cause death or serious injury. 

It can be difficult living with your parents or guardians, particularly if you feel like you're old enough now to live on your own. However, living on your own is expensive and difficult. Work out if it's easier to resolve your problems at home or if you're ready to move out on your own.

Housing Rights has a special team of advisers who help people who've fallen behind with their mortgage and who are worried about repossession.

Use these calculators to work out where you can make savings and how long it will take you to repay your debts.

You can apply for a home with the Housing Executive or a housing association by filling in an application form. There are lots of people on the waiting list and they are ranked according to how badly they need to be rehoused. Your ranking depends on how many points you are awarded using the criteria set out in the Common Housing Selection Scheme.

Social housing is housing owned by either the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or housing associations. The Housing Selection Scheme is the list of rules that the Housing Executive and housing associations use when deciding who they should offer this housing to.

If you have a physical illness or disability you may need some alterations carried out to your home to help you get around. If you’re a private tenant, you’ll need to get your landlord’s permission to alter the property in any way. Alterations could range from the relatively small, like a ramp or a handrail, through to larger adaptations such as putting in a downstairs toilet.

If you can't afford to move out of your shared home immediately, you may be able to live in the property as separate households.

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