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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

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You should report any damage or disrepair to your landlord immediately. It's always a good idea to follow up any reports you make over the phone or in person with a letter so both you and your landlord have a record of any work that needs to be done.

The best way of ensuring a safe and friendly neighbourhood is if everyone carries out their own responsibilities. You need to ensure that you show your neighbours the same respect that you expect from them.

You should report any damage or disrepair to your landlord immediately. It's always a good idea to follow up any reports you make over the phone or in person with a letter so both you and your landlord have a record of any work that needs to be done.

You need both planning permission and building control approval for certain extensions and building work. For others, like a loft conversion or installing a new boiler you’ll only need building control approval.

A landlord who continually acts in a way that is designed to make a tenant leave the property could be guilty of harassment

Your local council is responsible for dealing with complaints about noise and nuisance behaviour.

You must supply all tenants with certain information relating to their tenancy. Failure to supply these documents, in the correct format, within a specified period of time can result in a conviction and fine.

Help is available from the environmental health department of your local council. Harassment is illegal, but it is important to be aware that your landlord could try to evict you to punish you for reporting him or her. Your landlord will have to follow the correct legal procedure if he wants to do this.

Your local council may contact you if it has received reports about nuisance behaviour from your tenants. This will generally be in relation to rubbish or noise problems.

The best way of ensuring a safe and friendly neighbourhood is if everyone carries out their own responsibilities. You need to ensure that you show your neighbours the same respect that you expect from them.

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