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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Housing problems, mental ill health & equality law

The Disability Discrimination Order can protect you from being treated unfairly because of a disability.  This can protect you if you’ve been refused assistance or asked to leave your accommodation because of action that’s attributable to a mental health problem.

Accessing social accommodation

Everyone who asks the Housing Executive to assess them for homelessness has to pass 4 tests.

If you’ve been involved in anti-social behaviour, or you’ve done something that might make you an undesirable tenant the Housing Executive might decide you’re not eligible for assistance. However, if the behaviour that made you ineligible is tied to a disability, such as mental ill health, the Housing Executive must investigate more fully. 

This is also true if the Housing Executive decide that you’ve made yourself homeless.  If you left your home as a direct result of your disability, the Housing Executive will have to take this into consideration when deciding if you're intentionally homeless or not.

You can get help with these sorts of issues from the advice team at Housing Rights.

Eviction

Whether you’re a private tenant or a tenant of the Housing Executive or a housing association your landlord has to follow a certain procedure in order to legally evict you.

If your landlord has asked you to leave the property, get advice from Housing Rights or a similar agency.  Your landlord may have decided to end the tenancy because of something you’ve done.  If you can show that you acted in that way because of a disability, you may be able to stop the eviction.