Different types of rented accommodation

Private landlords and social housing landlords provide rented accommodation. Registered housing associations and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) are social housing landlords.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive can tell you about its services, care homes and supported or sheltered housing in your area.

They also have a list of housing association properties in your area. They can advise you which ones may be suitable.

Private landlords

Depending on the type of tenancy, private landlords rent their property at the market rate. Their right to increase the rent depends on the type of tenancy.

Make sure you get a tenancy agreement and read it carefully before signing. During your tenancy, you have housing rights as a tenant protected by law.

Landlord Registration Scheme

All private landlords must register with the scheme before they let a new tenancy. The Landlord Registration Scheme collects current and accurate information about landlords and their properties.

Tenancy Deposit Scheme

A private landlord will normally ask you for a deposit. Since 1  April 2013 a landlord must protect their tenant's deposit in an approved tenancy deposit scheme.

The landlord must protect your deposit within 14 days of receiving the deposit from. Within 28 days of getting  your deposit, they must give you information explaining: 

  • how much the deposit is and what scheme it has been protected in
  • when money can be deducted from the deposit
  • when and how you will get the deposit back
  • details of the dispute resolution mechanism offered by the scheme
  • Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Student housing

Universities and private landlords provide housing for students. 

When you accept accommodation in a university-owned residence, you are a licensee, not a tenant. The agreement between you and the university is a legally binding contract.

Licensees have limited housing rights compared to students in private rented accommodation.

Most students in private rented accommodation  live in houses in multiple occupation (HMO). 

The Housing Executive sets and enforces standards in HMOs for:

Sheltered housing

Sheltered housing is often for older people or people with disabilities. The accommodation is usually self-contained flats or bungalows.

The accommodation has an alarm call system and a warden who visits regularly, or lives on the premises.

For more information, go to 'Supporting people' section on NIHE website:

Housing association accommodation

Housing associations offer 'not for profit' social housing and have various types of housing. Some properties are specially designed for people with physical disabilities.

Housing associations may also be able to adapt their properties to meet their tenants' needs, including the need for sheltered housing.

For more information, go to:

Housing information in other languages

You can read more about the housing rights of EEA nationals in Northern Ireland  on the Housing Advice website:

There is information in English, Polish, Lithuanian, Slovak, Russian, French, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bulgarian. 

You can read about renting privately, homelessness, sharing a home, paying for your accommodation and other issues that affect migrant workers.

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