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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Housing options

Young people, and especially young people leaving care, can be at an increased risk of homelessness and of being exploited because they are homeless. Social Services and the Housing Executive share responsibility for looking after young people who are homeless. There are different responsibilities, depending on your age and how long you've been in care, but these organisations should work together to find you somewhere to live.

Like any other housing option, renting has its pros and cons. If you're considering renting for the first time, make sure you understand what your basic rights are.

You may encounter problems when trying to purchase your home. This can be a long and frustrating process.

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Living at home can be tough, especially if you aren't getting on with the people you live with. It's tempting to want to move out, but living on your own or with strangers has challenges too. Get help or advice if you aren't safe at home. 

When you start looking for a property, you should be sure about what you want and what you can afford. 

The process for selling a home is generally the same for all people, whatever the reason for the sale. Most people will use an agent to market the property and you will have to pay a fee for this. You can sell your home privately but it can be harder to find buyers this way.

If you are interested in buying a new build home, but don't have enough money saved up for a deposit yet you should look into the Rent to Own scheme for Northern Ireland. It gives potential purchasers a three year tenancy of a new build property and then issues a 20% rent rebate to the tenant if the tenant decides to buy the property at the end of their tenancy.

The Housing Executive doesn’t have to find you housing if you don’t pass all 4 homelessness tests

You can challenge a decision that you've failed a test.

You'll need to look at other housing options if you can't pass all 4 homelessness tests.

It is essential that you view any property before you decide to rent it. Once you've signed a tenancy agreement, you are bound by its terms and it can be very difficult to get out of the agreement. Don't let yourself be won over by nice decoration and agent patter.

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