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Privately Rented Housing

The Council tackles problems in relation to privately rented housing by requiring landlords to carry out necessary repair or improvement work.


The Council tackles problems in relation to privately rented housing by requiring landlords to carry out necessary repair or improvement work.  Under the Private Tenancies (NI) Order 2006, the Rent (NI) Order 1978 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011, landlords have certain legal responsibilities to their tenants. 

If you live in privately rented accommodation or act as a landlord, it is possible that you may occasionally experience disputes in relation to your accommodation or the terms of your rental agreement. Staff from the Council’s Environmental Health and Wellbeing Team can offer advice to tenants, landlords and letting agents on what their legal rights and responsibilities are. Information is available via this link:

Additionally, a mediation service is available to those currently living or providing accommodation in a private rental. The service is funded by Department for Communities and is operated by Housing Rights.

The Housing Mediation Service is free and is open to:

  • Tenants
  • Registered Landlords
  • Letting agents
  • Housing associations operating in the sector

The service can help with many kinds of disputes including:

  • Property standards
  • Repairs
  • Entry rights
  • Rent/rates arrears
  • Unprotected tenancy deposits,
  • Threatened evictions
  • Breach of tenancy terms
  • Noise/Anti-social behaviour

When both parties in the dispute have agreed to take part in mediation an independent mediator with specialist housing knowledge helps the parties talk about their dispute and come to a solution that works for everyone. Please find out more by following the link below:

https://www.housingadviceni.org/housing-mediation-northern-ireland


  • Housing Mediation Service
  • NI Houses in Multiple Occupation
  • Certificate of Fitness
  • Landlord Registration Scheme
  • Tenancy Deposit Scheme NI
  • Enforcement
  • Types of Schemes
  • Rent Books
  • Tenancy Statements
  • Freedom from Harassment & Illegal Eviction
  • Dampness and Condensation
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Safety Alerts
  • Disrepair and Unfitness

For more information and advice please visit the Department for Communities website

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