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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.

Local Housing Allowance rules set out how much benefit can be paid to help private tenants with their rent. These rules are used by Universal Credit and Housing Benefit.  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.

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. 


If you don't already get Housing Benefit, you can only make a new claim for it if you get a Severe Disability Premium as part of your other benefits or if you are over pension age. You also need to have a responsibility to pay rent or rates. Other people with responsibility for rent and rates can get help with these payments by applying for Universal Credit.  

Proprietarii și agenții de obicei cer chiriașilor plata la începutul fiecărei luni. Când începe un contract nou de închiriere, înseamnă că chiria pe o lună va trebui plătită în plus pe lângă depozit.

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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