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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

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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.

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

Many service personnel have accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence. When you are scheduled to leave the service, you should receive plenty of advance notice, which will give you time to find somewhere to live on your discharge.

 

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. 

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.

Everyone wants neighbours they can get along with, but we’re not all this lucky. If your neighbours are seriously harassing or intimidating you, you may be able to get help to find a new home from the Housing Executive.

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.

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