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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Harassment by tenants


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When people think about harassment in the private rented sector, it’s generally a case of a landlord harassing a tenant. It is just as possible that a tenant or former tenant harasses a landlord.

Dealing with threats or intimidation

An argument or disagreement between a tenant and landlord is not a form of harassment, but if the actions or language used by either party becoming threatening you should take action.

Write to your tenant if you are worried by their action towards you, giving the tenant an opportunity to explain the situation.  It may be a simple misunderstanding or a case of tempers running high.  If a pattern of aggressive, threatening behaviour develops or you have a genuine fear for your safety or the safety of others, you should report the matter to the police.

If an attack is motivated by your race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation it is a hate crime.  The Police Service of Northern Ireland has a dedicated hate crime team which can investigate.

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.


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 5.