The law gives you certain rights if you are a Housing Executive tenant.
Your rights depend on whether you are
- an introductory tenant on a 12-month trial tenancy, or
- a secure tenant who has been a social housing tenant for at least 1 year.
Your right to live in your home
You have a right to live in your home. You can only lose your home if
- your landlord takes you to court to evict you, or
- your landlord takes your home back because you are not living in it.
Your landlord has to follow the right process to evict you. It is easier to evict you if you're an introductory tenant on a trial tenancy.
Your landlord has to follow the right process if they think you've stopped living in your home.
Contact our helpline if your landlord is trying to take your home off you,
Other rights of Housing Executive tenants
You have a right to
- pass your tenancy on after you die in certain cases
- pass your tenancy to someone else in certain cases
- take in a lodger
- sublet a part of your home, but not the whole property
- swap your tenancy with another secure tenant
- improve your home with permission from your landlord and, in some cases, get compensation for any improvements you make
- buy your home
- have certain repairs done by your landlord
- information about your tenancy
- have your say about certain changes that could affect your home or your rights.