Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

In Northern Ireland, the Department for Communities is responsible for private tenancies legislation; the courts are responsible for administering it; and the local councils are responsible for enforcing it.

The Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

The Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 received Royal Assent on 27 April 2022.

Private landlords who let a property under a private tenancy should be registered under the Landlord Registration Scheme.

The Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 makes changes to the Private Tenancies Order (Northern Ireland) 2006. Not all changes will come in at the same time. The only immediate change is to the length of notice to quit that landlords and tenants are required to give as set out in the tables below. These notice periods apply from 5 May 2022.

Depending on the length of the tenancy, the landlord must give their tenant a minimum notice to quit period.

Length of tenancy Notice to quit
Tenancy not been in existence for more than 12 months No less than 4 weeks' written notice
Tenancy has been in existence for more than 12 months but not more than 10 years No less than 8 weeks' written notice
Tenancy has been in existence for more than 10 years No less than 12 weeks' written notice

Depending on the length of the tenancy the tenant must give their landlord a minimum notice to quit period.

Length of tenancy Notice to quit
Tenancy not been in existence for more than 10 years No less than 4 weeks' written notice
Tenancy has been in existence for more than 10 years No less than 12 weeks' written notice

The Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Act 2022 also contains a number of other changes and the Department will continue to work on Regulations and Commencement Orders for other Sections of the Act.

Rent Regulation in the Private Sector in Northern Ireland

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) were commissioned to carry out independent research on the Department’s behalf to support its responsibilities under Section 7 of The Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Act 2022

The final research report from the Chartered Institute of Housing for the Department for Communities shows:

  • what existing evidence tells us about rent regulation
  • a baseline of current rent affordability and trends; plus the potential impact of rent control/regulation in Northern Ireland, and
  • the consultation feedback from landlords and tenants, their representative groups and district councils.

This page will be updated with changes as they occur.

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