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.
Private Tenancies Advice for Landlords
Private Tenancies Advice for Tenancies
Websites for additional information:
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.