Problems experienced during last year's big freeze should not recur this winter, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has said.
Thousands of houses were damaged during a thaw which followed last winter’s severe weather, many by flooding following burst pipes.
The bill for the Housing Executive, which is responsible for social housing across Northern Ireland, was estimated at around £10m.
Mr McCausland, who is responsible for the Housing Executive, told the Assembly: “I believe we have learned the lessons from that period of severe weather last year.
“Tenants must not have to go through a repeat of the problems that occurred last year.”