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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Housing options

в Северна Ирландия Има четири основни жилищни възможности:

It can be difficult living with your parents or guardians, particularly if you feel like you're old enough now to live on your own. However, living on your own is expensive and difficult. Work out if it's easier to resolve your problems at home or if you're ready to move out on your own.

You can apply for a home with the Housing Executive or a housing association by filling in an application form. There are lots of people on the waiting list and they are ranked according to how badly they need to be rehoused. Your ranking depends on how many points you are awarded using the criteria set out in the Common Housing Selection Scheme.

When you apply for social housing you’ll have to choose 2 areas where you’d like to live. Most people can choose any areas they want but there are restrictions on some people.

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 25% rent rebate to the tenant if the tenant decides to buy the property at the end of their tenancy.

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.

Most students who aren’t living at home will either move into housing provided by their college or university or find somewhere to rent privately. Check the college’s website or prospectus for information on the housing options it provides.

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.

Squatters are people who occupy and live in a property despite having no legal right to live there. It’s not a realistic housing option because squatters can easily be evicted.

Because of the shortage of social housing some people will wait a very long time before they get offered a property. You could have a long wait, even if you passed the 4 homeless tests and are legally homeless.

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