Government announces decision to extend emergency measures to protect tenants until 20th July 2020
On Friday, the Government agreed to make an Order to extend the emergency period during which rent increases and tenancy terminations (in all but limited and exceptional cases) are prohibited. The emergency period will be extended to 20 July 2020.
The measures were initially introduced under the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020, which was enacted on 27 March 2020. It had been due to end on 27 June. In the interests of public health, the Government has decided to extend these protections.
As a result of this extension, moratoriums on evictions and rent increases that were introduced in March to ensure people can stay in their homes during this emergency period have now been extended until 20th July 2020.
The RTB encourages landlords and tenants to engage early if issues arise and keep lines of communication open, and to be mindful of the challenges arising as a result of this COVID-19 emergency period.
While tenants will be expected to pay rent during this period, income supports, and Rent Supplement is available to those struggling to do so. These supports are provided by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Any rent arrears built up will be payable, but landlords have been asked to show forbearance and reach local arrangements in such circumstances.
The RTB will be regularly updating its website and social media channels to keep those living and working the rental sector informed of the latest measures. Further information on the emergency measures for the rental sector currently in place can be found here.