The secret to having a good rental experience is knowing your rights and making sure you've thoroughly inspected the property before you move in. Watch this video for some top tips on avoiding problems.
Private tenants campaigning for better conditions
Staff at Housing Rights have been working with a group of tenants who have experienced problems with private rented accommodation in Northern Ireland. These tenants have come together to campaign for better conditions and have set up the Private Tenants' Forum. They've made this video to help people like you avoid common problems when renting.
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Private tenants, know your rights…
There are certain rights that all private tenants have.
- Your landlord has to give you a rent book
- Your landlord can’t harass you or illegally evict you
- Your landlord has to give you at least 4 weeks’ notice in writing if he wants you to move out
- You have the right to claim Housing Benefit for rent & rates
- Your landlord is responsible for making sure your gas supply and appliances are checked every year.
Depending on when you moved into your home, you may have certain extra rights. If you moved in after April 2007, your landlord must
If you paid a deposit after 1 April 2013, your landlord must protect your money in an approved scheme and give you details about the scheme within 28 days of receiving the deposit.
Getting help from the council
Get in touch with your local council if you’ve been denied any of these rights. Your tenancy agreement can’t take away your basic legal rights but can add extra rights and extra responsibilities so it’s really important to read it carefully before signing it.
Get help if you're having problems with your rented home
There's a huge section on this website that covers everything you need to know about renting privately in Northern Ireland, whether you're the tenant or the landlord. You can speak to an adviser at Housing Rights if you need help dealing with a housing problem.