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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:

Private Tenancies Advice for Landlords
​Private Tenancies Advice for Tenancies

Websites for additional information:

Useful resources:

Rent Books
- A landlord must provide a Rent Book to their tenant.  
Tenancy Terms - A landlord must issue tenancy terms for tenancies commencing after 1 April 2007.  View a Model Tenancy Agreement.