Paying for a home in Northern Ireland
This section contains advice and information on paying for your home if you rent from the Housing Executive, a housing association or you own your home. It also looks at the costs involved in buying and selling a home. If you rent from a private landlord, visit our renting subsite to find out more about rent issues and housing benefit for private tenants.
Whatever your situation, you should get advice immediately if you are having problems paying for your accommodation.
Whether you rent from the Housing Executive or a housing association, you have to pay rent in return for living in your home. This section looks at how rent is paid, what you can do if your rent goes up or you can't afford to pay rent. More
Housing benefit helps people who have a low income to pay their rent or rates. You don’t need to be on benefits to claim housing benefit. If you rent your home from a private landlord, your housing benefit will probably be assessed under the local housing allowance rules. More
Most people who buy a house will have to get a mortgage. You can lose your home if you don’t repay your mortgage. Most mortgages last for 25 years, although you can have a longer or shorter mortgage. More
Other benefits, grants and loans
You may be able to get money from the government to help increase your income. This section has more information about benefits and about grants and loans that may be available for specific housing costs. More
Buying and selling costs
Buying a home is a long-term financial commitment and you will need a regular income. You will have to pay a number of fees and other expenses before the sale is final. There are also lots of fees and other expenses involved in selling a home. These can be expensive, especially if you are buying a new home at the same time. More
Other housing costs
Your rent or mortgage isn't the only thing you'll have to pay for your home. This section looks at other costs you should take into account. More