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The Homeless Persons Advice and Assistance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

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Types of advice to be provided by the Executive

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4.  The types of advice referred to in regulation 3 are—

(a)Housing advice including

(i)advice on the availability of permanent accommodation provided by the Executive or registered housing associations;

(ii)advice on the availability of temporary accommodation provided by the Executive, registered housing associations and other private, public or voluntary bodies;

(iii)advice on waiting lists and any restrictions imposed by landlords;

(iv)advice on specialist, supported or furnished accommodation;

(v)advice on services provided by estate agents and accommodation agencies; and

(vi)advice on owner occupation including co-ownership and the availability of grants for improvement, repair and adaptation by owner-occupiers;

(b)advice on social issues including advice on services provided by specialist agencies or bodies dealing with health, welfare or other social issues;

(c)financial advice, including—

(i)advice on the availability of personal benefits, grants and loans directly or indirectly related to the provision of housing;

(ii)advice on rent and mortgage arrears and the financial implications of home ownership;

(iii)advice on the management of personal finance;

(iv)advice on rent guarantee and deposit schemes; and

(v)advice on specialist agencies providing financial advice to individuals;

(d)advice on legal procedures and services, including—

(i)advice on court proceedings;

(ii)advice on legal rights including—

(aa)advice on the availability of legal aid; and

(bb)advice on the availability of independent advice ad advocacy.

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