When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland


Universal credit is rolling out across Northern Ireland. Since December 2018 any working age person making a new claim for social security assistance will claim universal credit instead of some of the current benefits, including Housing Benefit.


You must pay rent to your landlord in return for living in the property. If you stop paying your rent, are late with a payment or do not pay in full, your landlord may begin eviction proceedings against you.

You have to pay rent to your landlord. When you’re offered a Housing Executive or housing association property you should be told how much the weekly rent is.

As a tenant you pay rent to your landlord in return for living in your home. In certain circumstances it is possible for landlords to increase the rent. This section explains when and how rent can be increased and what you can do if you disagree with the rent increase.

A new system of Discretionary Support replaces the Social Fund from 28 November 2016.  As with the Social Fund, this new system will provide financial assistance to people who find themselves in urgent financial need because of a crisis or an emergency. 

You could be entitled to financial support to help you resolve a housing problem.  You could apply for a loan to help pay rent in advance if you’re renting privately or from a housing association or to help buy emergency supplies for your new home.

Housing benefit is a social security benefit which helps people on low income with their housing costs. It can cover rent, rates and some service charges. There are different systems for working out housing benefit for social tenants, who rent from the Housing Executive or housing associations, and for private tenants, who rent from a private landlord or agent. 


Local housing allowance calculates housing benefit for people living in private rented accommodation. The scheme was introduced in April 2008 and it applies for certain groups of private tenants only.

Dacă închiriați o locuință, trebuie să plătiți chirie proprietarului. Dacă nu plătiți chiria, puteți fi evacuat. În majoritatea cazurilor, trebuie de asemenea să plătiți un depozit proprietarului, înainte de începerea închirierii, și mulți proprietari privați solicită plata chiriei lunare la începutul lunii.

You may be able to challenge or appeal a housing benefit decision if you think it is wrong or unfair. This can be a complicated process so it's best to get help from an advice agency.


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