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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Rights of entry

Victoria, a housing adviser with Housing Rights recently graduated from University. We've asked her what ten things she wishes she'd known when she started out as a private renter. 

In an emergency, you can enter the rented property to secure it or make it safe for others. However, you cannot usually enter the property without the prior consent of your tenants.

Your tenants have a right to peaceful enjoyment of the property they rent and you have a responsibility to ensure that right is observed. This means you cannot enter the property without their permission and you cannot allow others to access the property.

Act carefully if you think your tenant has moved out without telling you. The tenant could sue you if you get rid of any items they've left behind, or you change the locks or move new tenants in without a court order.

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