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Private Rented Sector

What's New

From 1 April 2013 a landlord must, by law, protect any deposit taken in connection with a private tenancy in an approved tenancy deposit scheme. For more information please see our Tenancy Deposit Schemes page.
A number of sections of the Housing (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 were commenced on 30 June 2011. For details on how this will affect the private rented sector please see the leaflet "Recent Changes Affecting Landlords & Tenants in the Private Rented Sector".

Private Tenancies Order

New legislation was introduced on 1 April 2007 which provides a new structure for the private rented sector in Northern Ireland. More details can be found on the Private Tenancies Order page.

Private Rented Sector Strategy

The aim of the strategy is to encourage the development of a healthy private rented sector, capable of responding more effectively to the housing need in Northern Ireland.

Support for Repair & Improvement - Responses to Consultation Document

Responses to the recent consultation document  can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Houses in Multiple Occupation - Responses to Consultation Document

The Department would like to thank all those who have responded to the recent consultation document.