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Explanatory Memorandum to Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

Background and Policy Objectives

3.In 2002, a working group reviewed the workings of the present legal framework under the Rent (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (“the Rent Order”). The Department’s strategy for the sector, entitled ‘Renting privately: a strategic framework’, was published in 2004.

4.The policy objectives of the Order are:

  • To target unfitness and disrepair through repair enforcement and rent control;

  • To reduce inequities between tenure types;

  • To simplify, clarify and raise awareness of landlord and tenant obligations.

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