Getting help with problems in private rented housing
As a tenant you have rights that are protected by law. Sometimes it’s difficult to solve problems with your landlord about your home. You can ask the council for help if your landlord won't do certain repairs. They can also investigate if your landlord doesn't repay your tenancy deposit.
Measures have been put in place to support social and private renters as well as those experiencing homelessness.
If you are facing eviction or are not safe where you live you can get help from the Housing Executive.
Housing Rights has information to help people who are concerned about their housing rights and options as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes information to help homeless people, private tenants, social tenants, homeowners, students and landlords. Information is available in other languages.
COVID-19 guidance for Private Rented Sector Landlords and Tenants is available to explain protection to private renters during the coronavirus crisis.
Guidance is also available to support tenants and landlords in the social housing rented sector.
Reporting a problem to the council
You can contact the local council's environmental health department if your landlord:
- wants to evict you without a court order
- fails to do necessary repairs you reported to them
When the council can investigate a landlord
The council can investigate and prosecute a landlord who doesn't give their tenant:
- a rent book
- a statement of tenancy terms
The council also has authority to investigate and prosecute a landlord who doesn't:
- protect a tenant's deposit
- register as a landlord
- license their property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) when they rent it to multiple tenants
To find your local council, go to:
Protection for tenants
The law protects people living in residential property:
- by making harassment and illegal eviction a criminal offence
- by enabling someone who is harassed or illegally evicted to claim damages through the civil court
Where there is physical assault or violence, the tenant should contact the police. To find more advice for private tenants, go to: