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Private Tenancies - Fitness Inspections

The Private Tenancies (NI) Order 2006 (Article 33) requires properties built before 1 January 1945, whose tenancies commence after 1 April 2007, to have a fitness inspection carried out, unless they already have a certificate of fitness in place or the property is exempt.

A property which has recently undergone a full renovation and/or refurbishment will still require a fitness inspection if one original wall remains.

A tenant may also apply for certificate of fitness, if there is a Certificate of Fitness in effect and they are of the opinion the property they live in is no longer fit to live in.

The legislation aims to:
  • Provide a better standard of accommodation within the private rented sector in Northern Ireland
  • Allow landlords to maximise rent
  • Ensure protected tenants retain their security of tenure
A property is exempt if:
  • A renovation grant was paid by Northern Ireland Housing Executive within the last 10 years
  • An HMO grant was paid by the NIHE within the last 10 years
  • The dwelling is currently registered as an HMO with the NIHE
  • A regulated rent certificate was issued by district council within the last 10 years

Properties will be inspected by Environmental Health officers against a Fitness Standard

Contact Environmental Health About Private Tenancies

Tel: 03000 132 132

Other Important Legislation Relating To Private Tenancies

All landlords must register in accordance with the Landlord Registration Scheme

All tenancy deposits taken on or after the 1 April 2013 must be protected with an approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme administrator.​

Information Booklets:
Useful Websites for additional information:
NI Direct
Housing Advice NI
Department For Communities NI
Landlord and Tenant Obligations
Information on Harassment and Unlawful Eviction (including Notice to Quit)
Useful resources:

Rent Books
A landlord must provide a Rent Book to their tenant.  
Template for a rent book

Tenancy Terms
A landlord must issue tenancy terms for tenancies commencing after 1 April 2007.
Model Tenancy Agreement

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