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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Compulsory redevelopment of an area or Vesting

Areas with large numbers of houses in disrepair can be vested by the government.  In Northern Ireland this work is normally done by the Housing Executive.  This means that owners of these properties are legally required to sell them to the Housing Executive.  The Housing Executive will buy these properties at their current market value and redevelop the area for social housing. 

An area scheduled for redevelopment can contain properties owned privately or properties owned by housing associations or the Housing Executive. At least one third of the properties in a redevelopment area must be considered to be unfit for human habitation.

You may be entitled to compensation if you have to leave your home because the area its based in is scheduled to be redeveloped. Homeowners will be paid the current market value for their home and you might also be entitled to compensation for the disturbance. The Housing Executive should rehouse you if you can no longer live in your home because it is in a redevelopment area.