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Northern Ireland lettings agents braced for new laws

New laws to limit rent increases to once a year in Northern Ireland have moved a step closer and lettings agents in the country are also within the sights of ministers.

The Private Tenancies Bill moved to the second stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly this week.

The proposed legislation includes restrictions on rental increases and requirements for landlords to provide smoke detectors and conduct regular electrical checks.

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Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said: “This Bill will ensure that those renting privately have access to good quality housing with peace of mind over the safety and security of their home. 

“As I said when I introduced the Bill, this is just the beginning of my reform of the housing system. In the longer term I will address issues such as letting agent regulation, grounds for eviction and fitness standards.”

You can view the legislation here

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    No problem with rent increases limited to annual, nor smoke alarms, nor electrical test. However she should be careful tinkering with grounds for eviction. There is also the law of unintended consequences.

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