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New Commitee for Department of Communities

July 1, 2016

New Commitee for Department of Communities Committee Membership Committee Chairperson: Colum Eastwood (SDLP) Deputy Chairperson: Michelle Gildernew (Sinn Fein) Membership (11) TBC Alliance Naomi Long East Belfast Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Jonathan Bell Strangford Adrian McQuillan East Londonderry   Christopher Stalford South Belfast Green Party Steven Agnew North Down Sinn Fein Michelle Gildernew (Deputy Chairperson)…

NI Assembly debate the private rented sector

June 22, 2016

NI Assembly debated the private rented sector On 20 June the landlord registration scheme was debated in the NI Assembly. Mr Maskey of Sinn Féin put forward the motion, “That this Assembly calls on the Minister for Communities to review urgently the landlord registration scheme to ensure that it can both cope with this unregulated…

Review of the Statutory Housing Fitness Standard – Consultation Documents

April 20, 2016

Review of the Statutory Housing Fitness Standard – Consultation Documents A copy of a discussion paper and supporting documents prepared by the Department regarding its review of the statutory housing fitness standard has been issued – links are given below.   This news item is being refreshed to remind members of the importance of looking at…

Social Development Committee – Hansard report 26 November 2015

December 4, 2015

Following the sessions of oral evidence on the Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) Bill a further meeting took place to look at the findings and amendments that were to be made to the HMO Bill on 26 November. A copy of the Hansard report can be found Here The pages that relate to the issues…

Licensing dubbed the “Tenants Tax”

November 20, 2015

Licensing dubbed the “Tenants Tax” The term “tenants tax” was not coined by landlords, as one may suspect, but by the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis. Some Council in England operate a licencing scheme and charge the landlord to become licenced with fees normally around £500 per property covering a 5 year period. It has become…

Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) Bill – LANI’s Response

October 29, 2015

At the next General Meeting – to be held in Harlequins on TUESDAY 3rd November 2015  one of our speakers will be looking at the HMO Bill and the changes that are proposed in the Consultation Document issued in September by the Committee of Social Development. The HMO Bill can be viewed here. LANI has…

Reminder – Know your Responsibiilities – Tenancy Deposit Scheme in Northern Ireland

October 13, 2015

This legislation came into force in Northern Ireland on 1 April 2013.  In line with a new DSD Advertising Campaign we would like to take this opportunity to remind Landlords of what their responsiblities are under this relatively new legislation. A tenancy deposit is a sum of money which you may ask a tenant to…