What is the private rented sector?

The private rented sector offers an alternative to home ownership and rented social housing in Northern Ireland.

Private renting

Guidance on different topics about private renting can be found at nidirect.

Topics include:

  • Tenancy Deposit schemes
  • Landlord Registration Scheme
  • renting a home privately
  • different types of rented accommodation
  • private rent and tenancies
  • health and safety in rented accommodation
  • renting a room
  • repairing your home: private tenants
  • living in shared accommodation
  • problems with your landlord - how the council can help 

Private sector housing assistance

Support for repair and improvement in the private housing sector in Northern Ireland is currently delivered by grant aid. Arrangements for grants are contained in legislation, namely the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 and the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

Guidance for landlords and tenants


Private tenancies

General guidance


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