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Is loss of rental accommodation consistently a top reason why people in NI become homeless?
13 June 2024
its strategic plan for 2024-29, housing advice and advocacy charity Housing Rights claimed: “Losing rental accommodation remains in the top three reasons for homelessness. “2,892

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Can Northern Ireland landlords get larger rates reductions than renters and owner-occupiers?
11 January 2024
On 25 October in an article for the Belfast Telegraph, journalist and policy expert Paul Gosling claimed that: “As landlords, we are given a discount

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Have social housing waiting lists almost doubled in 20 years?
26 October 2023
On 7 October, an article in the Belfast Telegraph claimed: “Two decades ago, 26,248 people were waiting for social housing. Now more than 45,000 are

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Is childcare the biggest cost for NI families, after housing?
1 September 2022
Childcare isn’t relevant to every home – but, for such households, this claim is backed by evidence. Annual surveys show that for over half of

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Is Belfast the most lucrative city in the UK for students’ landlords?
27 July 2022
MLA Gerry Carroll made this claim based on a story in the Belfast Telegraph That story was based on a report from insurance firm CIA

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Education

Are 95% or 98% of all households in the Holylands area of Belfast HMOs?
9 October 2020
This claim is inaccurate. FactCheckNI has estimated that 45% of properties in the Holylands are licensed as HMOs, and Belfast City Council report a figure

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Elections

Do over 95% of south Belfast residents own their own home?
5 December 2019
This claim is inaccurate. The 2011 Census shows that the Belfast South constituency recorded 56.1% of homes being owned outright or owned with a mortgage

Economy

Are half of the people in Fermanagh and Omagh living in poverty?
12 February 2019
This claim is inaccurate. 25.1% of people in Fermanagh and Omagh lived in relative and/or absolute poverty, from 2012-15. The claim was corrected by the

Economy

Homes paying bedroom tax increased fivefold?
17 December 2018
The 140 households whose top-up payments ceased in the past year is four times more than the 35 households in the previous year. Also, we