Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for Change

Consultation opened on 10 January 2017. Closing date 03 April 2017.


This public consultation document is the second stage in the Department’s Review of the Role and Regulation of the Private Rented Sector. It proposes a number of changes which will impact on both landlords and tenants.


Consultation description

The aim of the review is to consider the current and potential future role of the sector and assess the effectiveness of current regulation, identifying where improvements can be made to help make the private rented sector a more attractive housing option. Whatever is introduced, it is important to get the balance right, protecting tenants while ensuring good landlords aren’t burdened with unnecessary or cumbersome regulation. 

This document sets out proposals on:

  • Supply
  • Affordability
  • Security of Tenure
  • Tenancy Management
  • Property Standards
  • Dispute Resolution

The Department will hold four public events as outlined below to facilitate discussion on this document:

  • Monday 13 February 2017 at 7.00pm –  The Sandel Centre, 6 Knocklynn Road, Coleraine BT52 1WT
  • Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 7.00pm Craigavon Civic Centre, Lakeview Road, Craigavon BT64 1AL
  • Monday 20 February 2017 at 7.00pm Cookstown Enterprise Centre, Derryloran Industrial Estate, Sandholes Road, Cookstown BT80 9LU
  • Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 7.00pm  Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall Street, Belfast BT12 5AD

To book your place at any of the above events please notify the Department before Monday 6 February 2017 by email to

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