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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Your rights & responsibilities

This page only contains basic information and is the English version of our translated content.  For more detailed advice and information on housing in Northern Ireland in the English language, use the menu options on the homepage. 

When you rent privately, you have certain rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Likewise, your landlord has responsibilities towards you.

If you are unsure of your rights or your duties towards your landlord, get help from a housing specialist.

You need to know whether you are going to be a tenant who will be protected in law or a licensee who has very few rights in law. It's important that you understand your legal status in your new home.

Your rights can vary depending on the sort of tenancy you have and the agreement you have with your landlord. However, there are several main areas where the law gives you rights. Your tenancy agreement may extend your basic housing rights, but cannot reduce your housing rights.

If your tenancy started on or after 1 April 2007, you have some extra basic rights, even when no tenancy agreement exists.

Although your responsibilities can vary depending on the sort of tenancy you have and the agreement you have with your landlord, there are several main areas where you have responsibilities.