Tenancies

Introductory Tenancies
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Introductory Tenancies apply to all new tenants unless they held a secure tenancy immediately prior to becoming a SUHA tenant.  SUHA welcomes the use of Introductory Tenancies as a means to help tackle anti-social activity wherever it occurs and in whatever format presents itself.  Such activity can range from excessive noise, illegal dumping right through to aggressive or violent behaviour.

Ending your Introductory Tenancy

If you recive a ‘Notice to Quit’, it means that we intend to seek a decision from the court to obtain an order for possession and this will lead to your eviction.  As an Introductory Tenancy you have the right to request a review of the decision to issue you with a ‘Notice to Quit’.  If you are appealing the decision, you must send a written request within 14 days of receiving the ‘Notice to Quit’.  There will be no further opportunity for you to appeal.  The review will normally have the form of written correspondence.  However, if you request a personal hearing, we wil notify you of the date, time and venue at least 7 days in advance.

You will have the right to:

  • Be accompanied by another person who may be a Solicitor
  • Call upon other parties to give evidence
  • Put quesions to any persons giving evidence
  • Make representations to the review panel in writing.

A senior officer from SUHA who was not involved in the original decision to terminate your Introductory Tenancy will review the case.

This request should be sent to:   South Ulster Housing Association, 18-22 Carleton Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh, BT62 3EN

If the review upholds the decision to terminate your Introductory Tenancy, SUHA will apply to the Court for an Order granting possession.  The Court has the authority to terminate your tenancy and you will be then asked to vacate your home.  If you fail to do so, SUHA will apply to the Enforcement of Judgements Office for enforcement.  Please note that it is also likely you will be considered as ineligible for housing assistance by other Housing Associations or the N.I.H.E in the future.

Secure Tenants

The Housing (NI) Orders of 1983 and 2003 provide secure tenants of Registered Housing Associations with Statutory Rights.  The tenancy is a ‘Secure Tenancy’ as defined in the Housing (NI) Order 1983.  The Association therefore can only seek possession through the Courts and on the grounds set our in the Housing (NI) Orders 1983 and 2003.