Updated: 18 Jan 2019
The Private Rented Sector Access Scheme
One of the key themes of the Homelessness Strategy 2012 – 2017 is “to reduce the length of time households experience homelessness by improving access to affordable housing”. One of the ways we have sought to do this is by the introduction of a Private Rented Sector Access Scheme. It will help to provide access to the private rented sector as an alternative to waiting for social housing in high demand areas.
How does the scheme work?
The Private Rented Sector Access Scheme is operated by Smartmove Housing and was initially available to full duty applicants on the social housing waiting list. The scheme is now available to everyone across Northern Ireland who may be in housing need and is a key service to help prevent homelessness. The scheme can now be accessed by all customers seeking a long-term housing solution. Customers can be referred to the scheme by the Housing Executive and a range of agencies working to prevent homelessness or they may approach Smartmove directly as a self-referral. Also if a customer’s existing private tenancy is in danger of breaking down a referral may be made to Smartmove Housing as that organisation may be able to assist in preventing homelessness.
Smartmove Housing removes the need for costly up front deposits by administering a rent bond guarantee scheme for each tenancy for a 12 month period, and also provides a management service for participating landlords for six months (including landlord/tenant mediation where necessary). There is also an advice and support service for tenants where necessary. Smartmove Housing also operates a savings scheme.
- Frequently asked questions about the scheme
Who is eligible?
The Scheme is now available to all customers across Northern Ireland who are seeking an affordable long term housing solution in the private rented sector.
Contact details for Smartmove Housing are below.
|Local Office||Districts covered||Smartmove Email||Smartmove Telephone|
|North Belfast||North Belfastfirstname.lastname@example.org||07711368513|
|South and East Belfast||South and East Belfastemail@example.com||07725688204|
|West Belfast||Shankill & West Belfastfirstname.lastname@example.org||07894096205|
|North Down and Ards||Bangor and Ardsemail@example.com||07921064799|
|South Down||Newry & Downpatrickfirstname.lastname@example.org||07921064797|
|Lisburn / Castlereagh||Dairyfarm, Lisburn & Castlereaghemail@example.com||07834774519|
|South||Craigavon, Banbridge, Armaghfirstname.lastname@example.org||07921064799|
|South West||Omagh, Cookstown, Dungannon, Fermanaghemail@example.com||07921064799|
|South Antrim||Antrim, Newtownabbey 1 & firstname.lastname@example.org||07834774518|
|East||Ballymena, Magherafelt, Larne, Carrickfergusemail@example.com||07834774517|
|West||Waterloo Pl, Waterside, Collon Terrace & Strabanefirstname.lastname@example.org||07872685206|
|Causeway||Coleraine, Limavady, Ballymoney, Ballycastleemail@example.com||07921064799|