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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Suitability notices

Advice for landlords in Northern Ireland

This page is for landlords operating in Northern Ireland.  You can find advice for tenants elsewhere on our website. Private landlords in Northern Ireland can call Landlord Advice on 028 9024 5640 and choose option 1. 

The council can issue a suitability notice if it believes that the HMO is not suitable for the number or type of occupants.

This usually means that the property has failed to meet the required standards, but the council can issue a suitability notice even if the property meets these standards.

Remedial work

A suitability notice may include a statement of work required in order to make the property suitable. If this work is carried out by the specified date, the suitability notice is revoked.

Appealing a suitability notice

You can appeal this notice at County Court.

Need help solving a problem?

You should always get advice if you are having problems with a tenancy. You can contact Landlord Advice for advice on your rights. Housing Rights can also provide a mediation service if you and your tenant are having problems and need an independent person to help resolve these.