When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland


Get help if you've been attacked or threatened in your home. The Housing Executive classes some attacks as intimidation. If you've been intimidated you can get extra points, a special grant and help to sell your home. 

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 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 2 reasonable offers of housing to you.

The intentionality test looks at why you are homeless. 

The Housing Executive won't help if you are homeless because of 

  • something you deliberately did, or
  • something you deliberately failed to do.

Renting privately can be a great option for many people. There is a wide range of rented property available. Make sure you know what type of property you need and what area you would like to live in.

Homelessness doesn't just mean sleeping on the streets. People can be homeless for all sorts of reasons. The Housing Executive can help you if you're homeless in Northern Ireland. 

You have to be "eligible" to apply for housing. You may not be able to get help with homelessness if

  • your immigration status means you cannot apply, or
  • you have been involved in certain types of antisocial behaviour. 

Your landlord has to follow the right process to evict you. They have to give you written notice and then take you to court if you don't move out. 

It's illegal to try to evict a tenant without going through the proper steps.

Dacă v-ați mutat în Irlanda de Nord cu scopul de a munci, v-ați alăturat unei populații în creștere de lucrători migranți care trăiesc și muncesc în Irlanda de Nord.

You can stay in temporary housing while you wait for a new home. The Housing Executive may have a legal responsibility to find you suitable temporary housing. 

The Housing Executive is responsible for helping people in Northern Ireland who are homeless. It is also a social landlord and manages and awards lots of social housing.


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