Mid Ulster landlords own fewer properties than most other council areas
3,600 private landlords registered in Mid Ulster own 5,600 rental properties according to new figures obtained by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
At an average of 1.6 properties per landlord, this is lower than the overall Northern Ireland average of two properties per landlord – and only Lisburn and Castlereagh and Newry, Mourne and Down council areas have fewer properties per landlord.
CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE presents landlord qualification to learners
All private landlords are now legally required to register with the government’s Landlord Registration Scheme. This scheme aims to improve tenants’ confidence in their landlords by promoting good practice, but it is also useful in the context of seeing what private rental markets look like in local areas, according to CIH Northern Ireland.
A spokesperson for the organisation, Trevor Wright, said “most private landlords in Northern Ireland are part-time landlords, operating on a very small scale. And while Mid Ulster is no different in this regard, what the latest figures do show is that more landlords in this area own fewer properties than landlords in most other council areas of Northern Ireland.”
Mr Wright said: “There is a misconception out there that a lot of landlords in Northern Ireland are professional landlords, with large portfolios of properties. In reality, the opposite is true, with the average landlord juggling tenancy management with another full-time profession. This presents a real challenge in terms of professionalising the sector – and this is the reason why we developed a level 2 qualification specifically for landlords and letting agents.
“With the support of the Department for Communities, this qualification – the level 2 award in letting and managing residential property – is now being offered to all Mid Ulster landlords and letting agents, starting 6 September in Dungannon.”
Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone said “Housing continues to be one of the most common issues brought through the doors of my constituency office. It’s critical that both tenants and landlords are aware of their rights and responsibilities.
“I’m delighted to see this course on offer in Dungannon and I would encourage all landlords with one or two properties to attend. The more landlords are aware of their responsibilities to tenants and the more they’re aware of the support available to them, the less opportunity there will be for disputes to arise.
“I want to thank the Chartered Institute of Housing for supporting this course and making it available to people in our communities.”
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Notes to editors:1. CIH’s Learning 2 Let programme, which offers private landlords and letting agents the CIH level 2 award in letting and managing residential property, is in receipt of bursary support from the Department for Communities over a three year period from 2016-2019. Further information is available at www.cih.org/ni/learning2let.
2. CIH is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world.