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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Rates arrears

Most people have to pay rates on their homes.  Land & Property Services is responsible for collecting this money and can take legal action against you if you don't pay.  If you're on a low income you may be entitled to housing benefit or rate relief to help you pay the rates on your home. 

Get advice as soon as possible if you can't pay. The Land & Property Services have a strict procedure for recovering rates arrears. There are strict time limits. If you contact your local Land & Property Services office, you may be able to negotiate a payment plan.

Certain people can apply for housing benefit and rate relief to help with rates. You can only make a new claim for this assistance if you are over pension age or get certain disability benefits. People who don't fit in these categories can get only get help with rates if they are receiving Universal Credit. 

You can’t get help with rates as part of your Universal Credit claim. Instead, you will be able to apply for a rates rebate. Land & Property Services will be in charge of managing the rates rebate system.