Friday, June 12, 2009

Consultation on private housing in Northern Ireland

A report on the BBC web-site states that plans to overhaul the private rental sector are being considered in Northern Ireland.

The key proposals are -

  • A central scheme for tenants' deposits so that landlords cannot simply refuse to pay back deposits for "flimsy reasons"
  • Government deposit guarantee for vulnerable people who cannot afford them
  • An independent body to manage disputes between landlords and tenants and encourage compliance with their tenancy agreement
  • New fitness standards implemented by 2015. Landlords penalised if they do not meet these standards
  • Much greater awareness of the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords
  • Longer periods of notice to quit for long term tenants.
You can read more about it in the press release from the Department for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive.

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