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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The biggest change to Housing Benefit is the introduction of the bedroom tax. But there are other important changes too, which could mean you receive less help with your rent. This will be particularly relevant if you've moved from DLA to PIP or if you have a large family. 

If you are an EEA national who has lawfully lived in the UK for a period of five years or more, you will automatically be eligible for assistance.

The amount of help you will get with your housing costs depends on your age, your location and on how many people live with you. 

Universal Credit is a new benefit and it can be difficult to understand, even for people who have worked with benefits for years.

Letting a room in your home to a lodger can be a good way to make extra money. However, you need to make sure that you've got permission to do this.

The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman is there to make sure the service provided by public bodies in Northern Ireland is fair and efficient. You can complain to the Ombudsman if you believe the Housing Executive or your housing association has handled your case poorly or treated you unfairly.

If the Housing Executive accepts that you've been intimidated and believe you're at risk of death or serious injury if you continue living in your home you might be entitled to financial help as well as help finding a new home. 

You can apply for a home with the Housing Executive or a housing association by filling in an application form. There are lots of people on the waiting list and they are ranked according to how badly they need to be rehoused. Your ranking depends on how many points you are awarded using the criteria set out in the Common Housing Selection Scheme.

Property sales are either on a leasehold or freehold basis. When you buy a freehold property you own the property and the land it sits on. If your property is a leasehold property you’ll have to pay an annual charge, known as ground rent, to the person who owns the freehold.

Use the Savings Calculator from the Money Advice Service to help you plan your service. The calculator can help you figure out how long it will take you to reach your savings goal or how much you'll save over time if you set aside a fixed amount of money every month.

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