• Apply for a home

    This section contains information on how to apply for social rented housing through the Housing Executive or housing associations in Northern Ireland, how we assess applications, and how to request a transfer or exchange.

  • Current LHA rent levels

    Lists the current Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rent levels for each of the eight Broad Rental Market Areas (BRMAs) in Northern Ireland.

  • Rent limits

    The amount of Housing Benefit you receive can be limited - if you rent from a private landlord, LHA rules may mean you receive less than your full rent.

  • Advice for young people

    This page has videos giving advice on avoiding homelessness and debt, and the process of looking for and moving into your first home.

  • Allocations

    We usually allocate properties to those applicants with most points on the social housing waiting list who are waiting for the type of property available. Find out how this process works.

  • How we calculate LHA rent levels

    Details how the current LHA rent levels are calculated, and which ones have increased from the previous 2015 levels.

  • Previous LHA rent levels

    The previous LHA rent levels which were in effect from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. These rates have been superseded by the current rent levels.

  • Rent arrears

    Advice about what to do if you're struggling to pay your rent, or if you're in arrears.

  • Rent scheme

    The Rent Scheme is used to calculate the rent you will pay while living in one of our houses. Every house has points that are based on its age, design and facilities. The rent is based on the number of points a house has.

  • Local Housing Allowance

    Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a rent assessment scheme for those who rent in the private sector. It determines the amount of Housing Benefit that can be paid.

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