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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Rates arrears

Most people have to pay rates on their homes.  Land & Property Services is responsible for collecting this money and can take legal action against you if you don't pay.  If you're on a low income you may be entitled to housing benefit or rate relief to help you pay the rates on your home. 

Get advice as soon as possible if you can't pay. The Land & Property Services have a strict procedure for recovering rates arrears. There are strict time limits. If you contact your local Land & Property Services office, you may be able to negotiate a payment plan.

You can apply for housing benefit and rate relief to help with rates. Tenants who are applying for housing benefit should mark on the form that they have to pay rates. The Housing Executive will manage the claim for rates and rent together.