New Norther Ireland law promises more regulation of letting agents – The Negotiator

Legislation to give Northern Ireland tenants as much protection as the rest of the UK has moved a step closer after the second reading of the Private Tenancies Bill.

Introduced in July, the bill proposes limiting tenancy deposit amounts to one month, extending the notice to quit period, and restricting rent increases so that rent can’t be raised in the 12 months after a tenancy starts or within 12 months of a previous increase.

It would also force landlords to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and to carry out periodic electrical checks.

Northern Ireland Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey (pictured) has promised to address issues such as letting agent regulation, grounds for eviction and fitness standards in the near future.

She told the Assembly: “As the sector is increasing in size, and houses a wide variety of people, it is important to make improvements and future proof it to

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