Launch of new guide to renting your home
Published: Thur, 12 Apr 2012
As more people are choosing to rent their homes the Housing Rights Service has launched a new website with information on all aspects of renting private accommodation.
Developed by Housing Rights Service, with funding from the Housing Executive, the aim of the new site is to improve the experience of people who rent privately by providing free, independent advice and information for both tenants and landlords. At the moment, 17% of Northern Ireland’s total housing stock is in the private rented sector, representing around 125,000 properties.
Peter O’Neill, Policy & Participation Officer with Housing Rights Service said: “For many people the private rented sector is their preferred housing choice and this guide for both landlords and tenants will assist in improving standards. Following the financial downturn, this growing sector is likely to play a key role in meeting the housing needs of many more people, including low income and vulnerable families. It is therefore vital that landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities in order to sustain tenancies and prevent homelessness.”
A steering group with representatives from the Chief Environmental Health Officers Group, Department for Social Development, Smartmove, private landlords and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive helped inform the development of the new site.
Our Chief Executive Dr John McPeake said, “With the continuing importance of the private rented sector in Northern Ireland in meeting housing need, there is a real need for information on the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. This dedicated website will provide an up-to-date and accessible housing advice resource for this sector of the housing market.
"The Housing Executive has a close working relationship with Housing Rights Service, funding their website for the provision of independent information and advice on housing and homelessness issues. The addition of a section on the private rented housing is very welcome and I commend Housing Rights on this excellent service.”
Sonia Millar from CSM Estate Agents also sat on the site steering group: “I was delighted to be asked to take part and help Housing Right Service develop their new website. A landlord’s relationship with their tenant can potentially have a huge effect on the wellbeing of that tenant and their family. This relationship can offer huge rewards both personally and commercially. The new website will help to explain the landlords’ obligations and legal governance which will only help to better this unique relationship."
- Visit the new website - renting.housingadviceNI.org