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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Housing Association

You can apply to buy your home if you've rented your home from the Housing Executive or a housing association for the last 5 years.

Know what your rights are if you rent your home from the Housing Executive or housing association but can't continue living with your partner.

You have certain rights if you're a housing association tenant. These are set out in law and should be written into your tenancy agreement and your tenant's handbook.

The bedroom tax is a policy that cuts the amount of help you get to pay rent if you have too many bedrooms. 

You should get an extra payment if you're affected by the bedroom tax in Northern Ireland. This is called a welfare supplementary payment. 

You can swap your tenancy with another secure social tenant. You need to get your landlord's permission to swap, but they can only refuse in certain cases.

Your Housing Executive or housing association property must be your main or only home.  Your landlord can end your tenancy if they think you are living somewhere else.

This is called abandonment. The landlord has to follow the right process to end your tenancy in this way 

The law gives housing association tenants certain rights. Secure tenants have more rights than introductory tenants. You are an introductory tenant for the first year of your tenancy. After 12 months you’ll become a secure tenant.

Some tenants can pass their tenancy on, either while they are alive or after they have died. You need your landlord's permission for this.

The bedroom tax reduces how much help you get towards your rent if your home has too many rooms. It affects you if you rent from the Housing Executive or a housing association. 

People in Northern Ireland get extra help to pay the bedroom tax. This is called a welfare supplementary payment. 

While your housing association has certain responsibilities to you, you also have certain responsibilities. These should be outlined in your tenancy agreement and your tenant's handbook.

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