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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Tenant Rights

Secure Housing Executive (NIHE) and housing association tenants can apply for a transfer to a different NIHE or housing association property. You can ask for a transfer anywhere in the UK and tenants from England, Scotland & Wales can transfer to properties in Northern Ireland.

You need to know whether you are going to be a tenant who will be protected in law or a licensee who has very few rights in law. It's important that you understand your legal status in your new home.

There are certain fundamental rights which all private tenants enjoy. Your tenancy agreement may give you additional rights and responsibilities but it cannot take away your basic legal rights.

The law gives Housing Executive certain rights. These rights will usually be summarised in your tenancy agreement and your tenant's handbook.

You may want to add someone else's name onto your tenancy.  This could happen if you originally moved into the property as a single person, but you now have a partner.  You need to get the Housing Executive or housing association's permission to create the joint tenancy. 

Secure Housing Executive (NIHE) and housing association tenants have a right to buy the home they live in, as long as they and the property are eligible for the scheme.

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. 

There are default repairs which a landlord is required to carry out. Additional information about who is responsible for repairs is usually contained in your tenancy agreement.

Dacă închiriați o locuință de la un proprietar privat, efectiv închiriați în sectorul privat și deveniți sau ”chiriaș” sau ”locatar licențiat”.

Este important să știți în care din aceste două categorii vă încadrați, deoarece chiriașii dispun de o gamă de drepturi legale, pe când locatarii licențiați au foarte puține. Obțineți consiliere de la Housing Rights sau o altă agenție de consiliere dacă nu sunteți sigur de drepturile și obligațiile dvs. de chiriaș în sectorul privat.


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