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Local authority and social housing

Applying for local authority/social housing
How to qualify for social housing support from a local authority or other provider.

Inheriting a local authority tenancy
A relative who has been living with a tenant may be able to take over the tenancy if the tenant dies.

Getting a transfer to another local authority home
Local authorities operate transfer lists for people who want to move to another local authority home. Private transfers can be arranged with the local authorities' permission.

Housing associations
Housing associations are independent, not-for-profit associations that provide rented housing to people who cannot afford to buy their own homes, or for particular groups, such as older people or homeless people.

Buying a local authority house or flat
Schemes for local authority tenants to buy their homes at a discount. Applications for the 1995 Tenant Purchase Scheme will close on 31 December 2012.

Your rights as a housing association tenant
General introduction to the subject of housing association tenants' rights.

Notice to quit and eviction in Ireland
Legally a local authority in Ireland can evict its tenants without reason, as long as the correct procedure is followed. But in practice as long as tenants comply with the conditions of their tenancy they can normally stay in their homes for as long as they want.

Joint tenancy and relationship breakdown
If your relationship with your joint tenant has broken down, you can have his/her name removed from your tenancy agreement with the local authority.

Rent arrears and local authority tenants
Advice on what to do if you are a local authority tenant falling behind with your rent.

Anti-social behaviour in social housing
Local authorities can evict tenants who are engaging in anti-social behaviour.

Rental Accommodation Scheme
The Rental Accommodation Scheme is run by local authorities for people getting Rent Supplement for more than 18 months.



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