Some of the decisions made by the Housing Executive can be challenged using your legal right to request a review. It’s best to get advice from a housing adviser, like those at Housing Rights, if you’re planning on doing this. The law allows you 28 days to ask for a review from the day you are notified of the decision.
You normally need to be living in your home before Universal Credit can help you with the housing costs. But, you can get help with the costs for up to one month before you move in if moving in has been delayed for certain reasons.
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.
You're only entitled to 3 reasonable offers. If you're offered a property that you don't want you'll lose one of these offers unless you can show the Housing Executive or housing association that the offer wasn't reasonable. How you challenge the decision depends on whether you've passed the 4 homelessness tests of not.
You may be able to get help from social services if the Housing Executive can't help. Social services may be able to provide you with accommodation, help you to get money for a deposit or help you to stay in your home if you are in danger of losing it.
The Housing Executive has the authority to approve other grants, aside from the Disabled Facilities Grant and the Repair Grant. However, the Housing Executive will only approve the payment of these grants in very extreme circumstances. Grants will only be approved if the Housing Executive believes that there is an imminent and serious risk to the health or safety of the person living in the property.
Your rate bill is worked out by multiplying the capital value of your property by the total of the domestic regional rate and the domestic district rate. The regional rate is set by the NI Assembly each year. The district rates are set by each local council.