Northern Ireland’s housing sector was hit by further uncertainty yesterday as the region’s political parties missed the deadline to form a government.
The new chief executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) has said there is an urgent need for the country to form a government to give certainty over bedroom tax payments and the reclassfication of housing associations.
Up to 1,500 social housing tenants could be hit by the bedroom tax if they move home, data released by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) has revealed.
Key housing figures in Northern Ireland have warned of further uncertainty for the sector after last week’s election result.
Issuing the Housing White Paper earlier this month, the government sent out a clear message: to help fight off the housing crisis, it wants to push associations in England to build, build, build.
Northern Ireland’s political parties have repeated their 2016 promises on social and affordable housebuilding ahead of next week’s Assembly election.
The housing sector in Northern Ireland has warned of uncertainty in the coming months as the Stormont crisis pushes the country to fresh elections.
Northern Irish politicians have voted for regulations that will mitigate the effect of the upcoming bedroom tax despite the political turmoil taking place in the country.
Housing associations in Northern Ireland have called on the government to honour its pledge to mitigate the effects of the bedroom tax, despite the political turmoil in the country.
The Northern Irish Government is proposing to make sweeping changes to the private rented sector in a consultation published today.
The Northern Irish Government plans to scrap Right to Buy for housing associations as part of a package of measures to take associations off the national balance sheet.
The chief executive of Northern Ireland’s housing association representative body is set to leave to take over at the helm of a specialist older people’s landlord.
Homelessness in Northern Ireland has risen by 6% over the past three years, according to Crisis UK’s latest Homelessness Monitor.
The system for rehousing victims of intimidation in Northern Ireland is being reviewed as part of an overhaul of the housing allocations system after allegations that it is unfair.
An ambition to increase housebuilding to 2,000 social homes annually in Northern Ireland would be threatened by this week’s expected reclassification of housing associations unless ministers act swiftly, landlords have warned.
The classification decision on housing associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced on 29 September.
The Scottish Housing Regulator has pledged to work with the government and lenders to head off any negative impact because of deregulation.
Northern Ireland’s finance minister has called on councils to “step up” and release more land for development.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will announce its decision on the classification of housing associations in the remaining Home Nations in the coming weeks.
The number of new social homes started in Northern Ireland last year has exceeded the government’s 1,500 homes target, but it is still down on the previous year.
The Chartered Institute of Housing has called on Stormont to support the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, saying new research shows housing professionals want to see the landlord return to house building.
The Northern Ireland Executive should include housebuilding targets in its plans for the next five years of government.
The Northern Irish Housing Executive (NIHE) has named four contractors to carry out up to £1bn of repairs across its 87,000 homes over the next 10 years.
Housing associations are calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to broaden its measure for gauging new housing supply.
Housing associations are set to demonstrate outside Stormont in favour of a 10% increase in Supporting People funding, as political parties thrash out a programme for government.
Two housing associations in Northern Ireland managing a combined 12,000 homes have announced plans to merge.
The next Northern Ireland government should introduce targets for releasing public sector land, a housing body has said ahead of elections next month.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has pledged to transfer stock away from Northern Ireland’s largest social landlord if it is successful in May’s elections.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed it will review whether to reclassify housing associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as public bodies.