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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Eligibility test and antisocial behaviour

You will not be eligible for help if the Housing Executive decides you’ve been involved in unacceptable behaviour. Unacceptable behaviour is the type of behaviour that would make someone a bad tenant and covers actions carried out by you, by other people in your household and by visitors to your property. The Housing Executive will usually only consider behaviour in the past two years, when deciding if you have behaved in an unacceptable manner and are, as such, ineligible for help.

What counts as unacceptable behaviour?

If you, a member of your household or a visitor to your home has previously been involved in antisocial behaviour or has caused nuisance or serious upset to your neighbours, you could have difficulty passing this test. 

The unacceptable behaviour must be so serious that it would have been reasonable for the Housing Executive to end your tenancy over it. The behaviour must be closely tied to your tenancy. For example, a person who had physically assaulted a neighbour may be found to be ineligible for assistance, but a person who had assaulted someone in a city centre bar would not necessarily be ineligible for help, as the Housing Executive could not have evicted this person because the assault had nothing to do with that person's home, neighbourhood or tenancy. 

The Housing Executive, like other public bodies, has to make sure it isn't discriminating against someone who has a disability. If you've been found ineligible because of unacceptable behaviour and this behaviour is linked to a disability, speak to Housing Rights

Passing the test

If you pass this test the Housing Executive will have to check that you are also homeless, in priority need and that you’re not intentionally homeless. You might be entitled to temporary accommodation [2]while this is happening.

If you pass all 4 homeless tests you’ll be a Full Duty Applicant and the Housing Executive will have to make 3 reasonable offers of housing to you.

Failing the test

If you fail the test the Housing Executive won’t have any responsibility to house you. You will have to move out of your temporary accommodation that the Housing Executive arranged if you fail the test.  You can challenge the Housing Executive’s decision that you didn’t pass.  You may be able to continue living in the temporary accommodation while you are challenging the decision.

If you fail this test but passed priority need the Housing Executive may give you temporary accommodation for a while until you can find somewhere else to live. Your best option may be finding a home that you can rent privately. 

If you’re not eligible for help under the homelessness laws you may not be able to apply for housing using the selection scheme either. Speak to Housing Rights if you’re not sure about your housing options.